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    When To Hire Residential General Contractors

    When To Hire Residential General Contractors

    If you are wondering when you should hire a residential general contractor, this post should help!

    A residential general contractor like the professionals at Atchison Construction are responsible for organizing and the execution of larger scale remodel projects. People often mistake these experts with home improvement pros. But the big difference is a home remodeling professional oversees longer projects that incorporate specific and often custom design elements and architectural ideas with the purpose of establishing a better experience of living for the homeowner, by utilizing existing space more effectively or by the addition of space.

    By contrast, a home improvement contractor usually is responsible for smaller scale, though no less important task, such as cabinets, flooring, the installation of new windows landscaping, siding, etc. A simple way to think of a residential general contractor is that he takes charge of home improvement contractors who are often called “subcontractors” in the industry.

    When You Should Hire Residential Contractors

    Plenty of people do not understand the average remodel of a kitchen takes around 5-6 weeks before it is completed. When you think about it, this remodel is going to involve many different people, a plumber, an electrician, a cabinet contractor, a countertop contractor, a painter, a flooring professional and an appliance installer!

    The fantastic thing about utilizing the services of a residential general contractor is that they can organize all of these other professionals and then schedule them, so they can work without being in the way of each other. Also, being in the business, the residential general contractor will know what a competitive price on their labor charge is and they will know how to complete some of their work themselves – an area where homeowners often do not have that knowledge.

    Follow These Rules

    We often discover many people have hired a residential general contractor when they do not really require the services of one. Conversely, there are people who do not hire them when they could really use their services to get their project completed successfully. Here are some simple rules to follow:

    • If the job requires a few permits, hire a GC.
    • If the job is going to take more than a week, hire a GC.
    • If the job requires several different pros to complete, hire a GC.

    These guidelines can be very handy when you select a home professional and help to protect you from contractors that are fraudulent. The following warning signs indicate a contractor who be attempting or running a scam:

    • Asks you to pay for the entire job up front.
    • Asks you to get required building permits.
    • Demands a lien on your property.
    • Does not list a number in the phone book.
    • Offers exceptionally long guarantees.
    •  Only accepts cash.
    • Says you will get a discount if you find other customers for that contractor.
    • Says your job will be a demonstration.
    • Solicits door-to-door.
    • Tries to scare you into signing for repairs claiming they are urgent.

    Be sure to read carefully and thoroughly understand every word before you sign a contract. If you cannot understand something, ask for clarification straight away. Make sure when you hire you ask for a “residential general contractor” because the title also applies to those professionals who specialize in industrial and commercial projects. By using the word “residential” it helps to ensure you are not talking to the incorrect person and not wasting your time.

    Learn more about when to hire a residential general contractor by reading the “hiring a contractor checklist“.

    Speak To A Residential Home Contractor

    The Residential Home Contractors at Atchison Construction have many years of experience and ready to help you. They realize your home is your retreat and the space you spend your time relaxing.  Let Atchison Construction help remodel your home into the dream home you’ve always wanted. Give us a call today and we can discuss your next home project.

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  • Posted by Dean Phillips on February 23, 2019, 12:24 am

    I thought it was great how the article talked about how utilizing the services of a general contractor allows them to organize a bunch of other professionals and schedule them so that they can work without being in the way of each other. My wife and I have been wanting to do a complete renovation of our basement so that we can rent it out to potential tenants and make some extra money. It would be great to have someone who can help us oversee the whole operation and make the whole process easier.

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