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Carina Johnson
I totally agree that only professionals should do the job. It’s never cheap, but if one will sit down and calculate how many disasters you will have to fix and pay for after a cheap and unprofessional labor it is definitely cheaper to higher professionals. Saves you time, hassle and long term money as well.
   
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Simone's Painting and Renovations

We have had to fix/replace/re-do so much work done by either another contractor or DIY that it is a real shame. I have heard so many stories about nightmare jobs it makes me shudder. I feel for homeowners who have not found their GC yet, to whom they turn to for all work done on their homes. It's like a mechanic for your car. Once you find one you trust, you never go anywhere else with your car. The guy (or girl) knows your car, can predict what work needs to be done next, can recommend whether to put it off or not, finds the best prices on parts, etc... A GC will be the same for your home. We have homes we have worked on for years. Big jobs, small jobs, whatever the place needs. We can spot issues before they become issues and our customers trust that we have the best interest of them and their homes at heart. I feel, with some of our customers, that we are both, as a team, custodians of the place and we work together to make sure it will endure and be a safe and comfortable home for the dwellers and if they can afford it, turn it into their vision of a dream home. Those are my favourite customers. Not sure if I am off topic here with all this philosophizing....

Oh, yeah, when do you need a GC? If you own a home, you need a GC.

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jahil

I think what you are saying is so important. There is a big trust factor in hiring someone to work on your house and it is important to establish that relationship and have clear communication oral and written. Once you have worked with someone before, you know that you can trust them with your job. We have used the same electrician, and hardwood finisher and installer for all our projects over the course of a number of years based on communication, workmanship, and reliability. I assume that If a GC has been in the business for a long time than they have that relationship built with their subcontractors and they know the kind of job that will be done. It also seems like there are a plethora of companies out there who are used to people wanting to take the cheap and less durable route. Obviously, there has to be a good balance between affordability and durability.

   

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