Advice for remodel
Jan Zimmerman
November 6, 2013
Can anyone tell me the pros and cons to hiring a General Contractor for a house remodel/update?
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ReSquare Architecture + Construction
Generally speaking: it gets done better but only seems like it costs more.

In any project, you either pay for the benefits of the GC's experience to get it done well and smoothly or you pay for the results of your mistakes.
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CertaPro Painters of Colorado Springs
If you want to be involved in all aspects of the project and have the time and willingness to deal with all the sub contractors, then you may want to take on te project manangement. If you don't have the time or willingness to deal with all aspects of the project, its better to work with a professional.
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sunnydrew
A General Contractor will typically charge 15% of all expenses he oversees for work/labor/materials. So your $10,000 remodel will add $2500.00 for example. You will have that one person to address all of your concerns and he will be responsible for his "trades" to do their work properly- plumbers, electricians etc. He will usually procure permits when needed for you. You should not just rely on him doing all this but be proactive and be sure. If he does not pay the people he brings in, they can come after you, even placing a lien on your property. You want to be sure of the person you hire for GC. get lots of good references and communicate with him about the entire project before starting. You may be required to give him installments of the cost of the job. Do your homework so there are no surprises later. Do you have anyone you can talk with more about this subject that has done a remodel. the axiom is it always takes longer and costs more than you think it will. Do you watch any HGTV? there are lots of programs about this topic. Good luck.
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Ed
Hi Jan, all nice comments so far. I recently went through a very big remodel, my very first, and it took over 1 year. I'm very happy with the results, with my GC and all his sub contractors. If you find good GCs with 20-30+ years of experience, they will also know sub contractors that they have worked with for many years. If you are new to house remodel/update, and you do it all by yourself, then you will need to choose each sub contractor by yourself. Word of mouth and references are very important. Also, before you decide on a GC, ask to see if you can see their previous, on-going, or finished projects, and ask for references, the more the better. Good luck ! Please keep us updated with your progress. :)
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Jan Zimmerman
Thanks for all the input here. I have been talking with several friends where I live and I now have the names of a couple of GC in my area. So..after we close on the home we are purchasing in a few weeks, we will make a decision.
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Ed
Hi Jan, Good luck with closing escrow and congrats on your new home ! BTW, 15% of $10,000 is $1,500, not $2,500 -- that would be 25%. :)
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sunnydrew
Hi Jan- and Ed- I apologize for my math typo. I realized it after I posted... and left the house! If I can't figure out 15%, I need more than a GC!
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Ed
Hi Ikdrew, no problem ! I do it all the time. :)
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