Rather than Acting as Your Own General Contractor

It may be tempting to act as your own general contractor after getting a quote for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, but there are five reasons this isn’t a great idea. You may balk at the cost a professional charges for their services, but they do a lot of things you may not have considered in your budget when you put together your own estimates. If you’re thinking it’s a good idea to act as your own general contractor, today’s blog may help you realize why hiring a remodeling contractor really is a better idea.

1.      Permitting

Do you know how to get a permit? Does your job require one? Have you figured in the expense of the permit itself? Although not all jobs require a permit, if yours does and you don’t get one, you could be facing fines or if you’re doing an addition, that space may not be calculated into the finished square footage when you sell.

2.      Trash

Any construction project creates a lot of debris. From disposing of whatever you’ve torn out to construction debris during the rebuild, you’ll have trash to get rid of. You have two options, pay a dumpster company for a rental or haul it to the dump by the car full. Either way you’ll have expenses associated with getting rid of the trash.

3.      Time

If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, the longer you’re without your kitchen, the longer you’ll have to eat out. That can be a big expense. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, think of the inconvenience associated with having less space for your family to get ready in the morning.

4.      Quality vs Cost of Goods

Your remodeling contractor may have access to higher quality materials at virtually the same price you’re paying for lesser quality. They likely have contracts with manufacturers and sub-contractors at a lower price than you would pay.

5.      Warranties

Although most manufacturers offer warranties on their products no matter who installs them, you won’t have a workmanship warranty on any work you do. If you don’t do something quite right and end up with a problem, you’re going to have the expense and take your time to fix it.

After all is said and done, it’s worth it to hire a remodeling contractor rather than trying to act as your own general contractor. If you’re looking for a kitchen or bath remodeling company, call Jamco Unlimited. We have quality products, fair prices, a workmanship warranty, and take care of everything so you don’t have to. Call (727) 412-8524 or fill out our contact form today.