Four Benefits of Using a General Contractor for Your Kitchen Remodel

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As you begin planning your large-scale kitchen remodel, you may understandably be feeling uncertain of where to start. An extensive project is usually far beyond the capabilities of a DIY enthusiast, but tracking down and coordinating with multiple contractors can quickly become overwhelming. Instead of treating your remodel as many small jobs that must fit together perfectly, it is usually more efficient to hire a general contractor to oversee the entire project as a cohesive whole. These are four benefits to consider of doing so while deciding whether or not to use a general contractor for your remodeling. 

Working through One Responsible Party

When you hire a general contractor, you are essentially transferring responsibility for the project onto the shoulders of a qualified individual or company. Not only will your contractor navigate codes, permits, and applications, but he or she will also manage the subcontractors responsible for flooring, appliances, plumbing, painting, and any other jobs that need doing. This means that you will only need one point of contact to oversee your remodel, which will significantly reduce the amount of time spent in planning and communications. 

Coordinating Between Projects

General contractors typically work with multiple subcontractors based on their specializations and what your remodel demands. By working together, these independent companies can put together your new kitchen without any unexpected delays or conflicts, all operating from the same overarching plan. If you have ever tried to schedule four or five contractors to work around each other's schedules, the value of this initial teamwork should be easy to understand. 

Taking Advantage of Existing Relationships

Hiring a general contractor will often cost more than managing everything on your own, but contractors can offer some surprising savings. Besides increased efficiency, a general contractor often has existing relationships and agreements with preferred subcontractors. These subcontractors may be willing to work for a lower rate in exchange for the promise for future projects later on, which can translate into lower rates for your own remodel. 

Balancing Your Budget Between Subcontractors

Another benefit of managed coordination is that it gives your general contractor discretion to allocate your budget as needed between the subcontractors. This will involve creating a master plan for the remodel as well as estimates for each individual component. From there, your contractor can haggle, negotiate, and stretch your budget as far as it can go. This approach is better than negotiating separately, with which you run the risk of running out of funds halfway through the project. Rather than putting yourself through the overwhelming flood of details, phone calls, and code restrictions involved with an extensive kitchen remodel, start taking estimates from seasoned general contractors in your area to leave it to the professionals. 

Talk to a company like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc to learn what their general contracting services can do for you. 

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11 July 2016

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Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.