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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

4 Reasons You'll Be Thankful You Hired A Professional GC

Whether it's frantically preparing an extravagant Thanksgiving dinner for the extended fam, or the large scale clean up that follows, the holidays require a great amount of coordination and hard work to pull it all off without a hitch. Much like any renovation project, the festivities are a perfect example of how good leadership and organization can mean the difference between the sweet smell of success and going down in flames (dragging a smoking turkey carcass with you). So if you're considering a home remodel project, why go at it alone?

While some projects are small scale enough to be tackled by an avid DIYer, or simple enough to be managed by a homeowner with a lot of patience and dedication, a large scale remodel (aka an entire kitchen) calls for, nay demands, the input of a professional remodeler. And in the spirit of the season, below are our top four reason you'll be thankful you hired a professional general contractor rather than trying to tackle everything by yourself. 

1. Assurance of a written contract and a single, comprehensive scope of work.

Here in Texas, the TAB (Texas Association of Builders) provides standard written contracts utilized by most remodeling/building professionals. These contracts, like any legal document, can be  long and exhaustively detailed. There are the necessary disclaimers, disclosures and initials required on every page. Along with the contract is included a scope of work detailed enough to provide an exact description of what is (and is not) going to be included in your remodel. Of course, no remodeler can see through walls or predict the future. If, during the course of your renovation, there are issues with the existing structure for example, a change order will be necessary to add to the initial scope of work. But other than unforeseeable construction issues and the occasional 'why don't we add this while we're at it', there shouldn't be any surprises to you (or your pocketbook). 

2. Organization- from construction scheduling to consistent job site supervision. 

Contrary to what the commercials of yesteryear teach us, there is no single Mr. Fix-It that can show up and complete every one of your home improvement tasks (at least not for a large scale remodel). Depending on your project type, there could be a demolition crew, some framers, drywall installers, a licensed plumber, electrician or HVAC specialist, a tile guy, a few painters, and the list goes on. While your general contractor may employ in-house crews to do some of these tasks, it's likely most are subcontractors that are licensed or specialize in a very specific trade. Each plays an integral role in the construction and it is imperative that the various tradespeople be properly scheduled to avoid conflicts and ensure your project is completed in a timely manner. This is where your dedicated project manager (or team) comes into play. The PM is in charge of everything job site related- from coordinating sub schedules and organizing material deliveries to general maintenance & supervision. 

3. You only have to make one phone call for all of your needs.

You're half way through your kitchen remodel and you notice the cabinet hardware that's been delivered is a different finish than you originally discussed with the designer. Was the wrong part ordered, can they be returned, or are you just confused by all the decisions you've made lately?? This is just one of a multitude of questions that need to be answered. Posthaste! And who has time to call the cabinet maker then the hardware supplier all the while coordinating with the interior designer? Your general contractor, that's who. He/she acts as your one stop shop for any and all concerns. And the same goes for once the project is complete as well. You only have to call one source for any warranty related repairs. Though the specifics of warranty vary and are detailed in your contract, generally whether it's a leaky faucet or faulty foundation (though hopefully never the latter), your GC can handle all the repairs. 

4. Peace of mind for you and your family.

And arguably the most important reason to hire a professional remodeling contractor is peace of mind. If you've taken the time to choose the perfect contractor, you can let go of all of the stress of the process and have complete confidence that someone else with substantial knowledge and experience is in charge of your home's transformation. You'll never have to worry about who has access to your home and family. There will always be someone with eyes and ears on your project to ensure it's being completed to the highest of standards. So sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy your new space!