Many people have heard of general contractors, but they often don’t know exactly what these professionals do. The truth is, without a skilled general contractor, your home improvement project could drag on for months.
Every construction project is a serious undertaking, and the more components, the more difficult the organizational process. The first step, as with almost any job, is planning.
Get Experience on Your Side
You probably have a good idea of what you want, and you can tell your general contractor in your first meeting. This is where their years of experience come in handy.
For instance, if you have your heart set on hardwood flooring but you have two dogs and a cat, your general contractor might steer you toward something more practical yet still beautiful, like bamboo or cork. They want you to be happy with your finished project, and they want it to last.
Once your plans are in place, your general contractor orders the materials and schedules the work.
Workers Must Be Coordinated
Your project can, and likely will, necessitate the services of several types of professionals. Most projects require an electrician, whether to install new lighting, add outlets or wire an addition or new build from scratch.
If your renovation includes a bathroom, you’ll need a licensed plumber, too. Whether you’re roughing in new lines or just putting in a sink or toilet, the services of this type of expert are required.
While your contracting company will undoubtedly handle the demolition and construction work, including framing, finish work, painting and installing cabinetry, still more experts might be needed, depending on the scope of your project.
General Contractors Hire Your Craftsmen
If you want tile floors, or if you want new tile in the bathroom, you’ll need a professional tile installer. These craftsmen have the equipment and expertise necessary to cut tiles to fit without breaking them, and to lay them perfectly smoothly and evenly. You may have seen this job done on the DIY channel, but if you’re investing in good tile, you’ll want an expert on the job.
Stonework for a fireplace or mantel will require a mason. Masonry is truly an art, and many types of stone are pricey, so you don’t want to skimp on this job.
Those adding on will need an HVAC technician. Your HVAC system was designed to work in your home, and when you add more living space, you may need to make changes to your system. Some homeowners think all they need to do is extend the ductwork into their new space, but sometimes this isn’t enough. Sometimes a bigger furnace is needed.
Complex Organizational Planning Required
All these professionals have to be lined up for your project, and the timing has to be right. The electrician has to come before the finish work is done on the walls. The tile guy can’t lay the floor until the tub and toilet are in. Mistakes along these lines are what make some construction projects drag on for six months or longer.
The professionals at Falk Construction have been performing general contracting services for more than 30 years. We know the best, most reliable contractors in the area, and these are the ones we procure for your home remodel.
Call us today to find out more about how our general contractors can deliver the results you want.