If you have a big project in mind, like renovating a kitchen, adding a room or a project that requires skills (and tools) outside of your knowledge, turning to professionals are a good choice.
Now you have entered the world of general contractors and subcontractors. But what is the difference? Think of it like this. If you hire a wedding planner for a wedding, you don’t expect him or her to bake the cake, cook the food and take pictures. You pay the planner to use his or her knowledge of the industry and organizational skills to bring together the best baker, chef and photographer in a organized effort to make your event a great success. The wedding planner is the General Contractor and the baker, chef and photographer are the subcontractors.
Subcontractors are usually very specialized. They do their one task and once complete will move on. A general contractor stay on a project from start to finish, they see the BIG picture and have the path to get the finish.
General contractors also have a big advantage you don’t; Experience! From initial idea to final completion they have the workflow, skills and knowledge to get a project to completion. General contractors know which subcontractor is next and are able to cue everyone up.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide if your job requires a general contractor or if you feel that you can handle the project yourself. But general contractors take the worry and stress away letting you enjoy the finished project.
Contributed by Mauro Carvajal of Homestruction Inc.