Before contracting someone to work on your home improvement or remodeling project, know the difference between using a general contractor and hiring a construction company, also known as a builder. Depending on which state you live in, the line can be quite fuzzy, with many builders holding general contractor licenses. However, there is a difference, and here’s what you should know about each.
A general contractor is like a manager. They oversee a project, but most of their job is contracting out the different sub-trades as needed. For instance, say your home improvement project includes HVAC work. The general contractor hires them, schedules their time, and holds the HVAC contractor accountable.
Because of this, when hiring a general contractor, ensure that the person you hire has strong community ties within the local industry. Since you won’t be hiring the HVAC contractor yourself, you must trust the quality of the workers your general contractor chooses.
Construction companies bring their own crew with them. Instead of hiring subcontractors, they already have an HVAC expert on staff. Construction companies are excellent choices when you are starting a project from scratch.
The crew brings a wide range of experience in various niches, which means they are more adept at being flexible and solving design problems as they appear. If they do need to hire out any work, they usually have a trusted partner they use regularly. While hiring an entire construction company may be a bit much for a simple home improvement remodel, they can be perfect for whole custom construction projects or room additions.
Hampshire Home Builders in Capon Bridge, WV, has been constructing custom homes, log cabins, and metal buildings for over 33 years. Their knowledgeable home builders understand the pitfalls and frustrations of home renovations and construction. Whether you’re building an addition for your existing house or starting from scratch, they’ll ensure the project is transparent, timely, and done to their high standards. For more information, call (304) 856-3875 or visit them online.