Hiring A Contractor For Your Home Remodel

A well-planned house remodel can add years of extra pleasure to living in your family home. Remodeling is often the answer to increasing space and function where you live or it could just be designed to modernize a tired old house with an old-fashioned layout. Many homeowners start calling the experts when they decide to go ahead with a remodel. They may be time-poor and can't do it themselves or they may recognize that they simply don't have the necessary skills. For these homeowners, calling on a building contractor before embarking on such a big project is the best option.

However, others may contemplate the possibility of taking on the job themselves. This choice will depend on whether or not you have the skills and the time to do the remodel yourself. Not to mention, how handy you are on the tools. Even so, there will be some areas of the task you won't be permitted to perform yourself. For electrical work, for example, you can't do much if you are not a qualified electrician and your scope is also restricted in plumbing.

Hiring a Contractor to take charge of your remodel

When deciding whether or not to bring in a building contractor to take charge of your remodeling project, it may pay to take stock of just how many trades and professions could be involved. To name a few, the job may require:

  • Draftsman
  • Surveyor
  • Soil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Plasterer
  • Tiler
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Painter
  • Bricklayer
  • Insulation installer
  • HVAC installer

This is not an exhaustive list. When you choose not to employ a building contractor to take care of everything then you become the job's project manager. Meaning, you need to be knowledgeable about every aspect of the job. Very few people will be skilled in all of the disciplines involved. So you will need to find reliable tradesmen and suppliers, call for quotes, contract their work and schedule the flow of work. When any obstacles or setbacks arise during the demolition and rebuild, your scheduling can be seriously disrupted and your project can take a great deal longer than you anticipated, and often at a greater cost than what you budgeted for.

The advantages of a Contractor for your Remodeling

For a big project like a house remodel, hiring a building contractor to run the project is often the best answer. They are experienced at the job. They know the things to look out for that can go wrong and they are familiar with solutions that work when problems arise. This can make the difference between finishing on time and keeping in budget or suffering an unanticipated blow-out.

Your contractor will provide free advice on your design plans and offer alternative options to fit within your budget. While still delivering the finished result you envisaged. Once you choose a suitable contractor with a good reputation, they will help you carry out a full cost analysis before the project proceeds to arrive at a fully comprehensive quote for the entire job. Their professional reputation is on the line so they will be motivated to deliver your job to the highest standard, on time and on budget.

Furthermore, a building contractor already knows which tradesmen are reliable and will deliver good quality workmanship. Along with which suppliers to rely on, not only for quality products and service but for the best prices. With the contractor’s years of experience, they can help identify where you can reduce costs. They will also have supply contracts in place that deliver good builder’s discounts as a regular trade customer. One that a homeowner with a one-off job won’t qualify for.

A Contractor’s Experience is Hard to Put a Price On

Some of the challenges a contractor will regularly have to deal with are setbacks like the discovery of asbestos during the renovation phase of the remodel. Older homes often present this situation, and the remedy is not quick and simple and isn't cheap. Your contractor knows the best way to deal with the problem and what regulations must be adhered to. The process involves reporting, air monitoring, conforming to removal and disposal regulations, a site clean, and the application for clearance certification when the problem has been fully resolved. Your contractor will efficiently organize the process, freeing you up to concentrate on your work and obligations.

Along with sourcing the most reliable laborers and tradesmen for the job, behind the scenes your contractor will be organizing the storage and removal of demolition materials, the regular removal or emptying of rubbish and waste from skip bins and site toilets, the hire of heavy machinery and the efficient ordering and well-timed delivery of concrete to minimize the risk of additional charges. Many of these processes are time-sensitive and need orchestrating with the finesse of a conductor. An inexperienced novice could find themselves facing big blow-outs in over-runs and surcharges.

What are the Nuances Your Contractor Takes Care of?

Along with scheduling the workflow, your contractor will also take care of business in the background. He knows the importance of consideration to your neighbors. And the repercussions your left with if proper precautions are not in place to minimize disturbance to nearby homeowners. Issues can arise with too much dust or too much noise from the work in progress. Or if heavy machinery or construction vehicles cause damage to fences or property. The contractor will employ mitigation procedures to minimize dust during demolition, keep working hours inside acceptable timeframes and perform rectification if accidents should occur.

It is important to fully understand what is involved in a home remodeling project. And the value your contractor will deliver to the job. Their decades of experience will prove invaluable. You benefit from the significant learning curve your contractor has already gone through in his career in the building industry. Their wealth of experience is hard-won and learning curves can be costly. A homeowner embarking on running their own remodeling project without the guidance of a contractor will likely find themselves right at the bottom of that learning curve.