Many people, when needing some work done around their home, will ask each other the question of whether they need to bring in a general contractor or should they do the hiring of trades themselves, or even do the work themselves. They feel that the simple idea of dealing with everyone themselves will save both time and money.

In many cases, with well educated homeowners, this can be true. However, many people do not realize that the average kitchen remodel takes 5-6 weeks to complete. Not to mention that to complete the remodel you are likely to need an electrician, a plumber, a countertop contractor, a cabinet contractor, a flooring pro, permits, a painter, and someone to install the appliances. That’s a lot of people. It takes a great deal of time to not just find these people, but you must find quality, licensed people as well. And, they must all be able to work together.

The brilliance of a general contractor is that chooses a team of professionals that have a proven track record that he trusts. He also schedules them so that one person is not in another’s way, but he also knows what a good price is on their labor, can obtain the necessary permits, and he probably knows how to do some of the work himself, whereas the average homeowner will not.

Many people hire a general contractor when they don’t really need one. They have the necessary contacts, understand the building and permitting process, and know how to schedule. On the flip side of that, there are people who don’t have any experience in remodeling and might get themselves in a position of confusion and stress. Here’s some simple things to consider:

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

Also, check out the testimonials from the contractor’s previous projects and examine photos and actual jobs if you want. Select someone with a proven track record as you don’t want to waste any time talking to the wrong person…you’ve got a renovation to get working on.