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Don’t Try to DIY: When to Hire a General Contractor for Your Home Improvement Project

August 25th, 2022 |

You’d like to update and upgrade your investment property, but you also want to save time and money. Doing the project yourself may seem like a good idea, but there are many reasons for hiring a general contractor. Read on to learn why professional general contracting experience is necessary for renovation projects.

 Saves You Time

A home improvement project can quickly eat up your time if you do the project yourself. Think of the hours it takes to hire and oversee subcontractors, buy supplies and apply for permits. If you DIY the project, you’ll have to take time away from your family, your free time, and even your job. Plus, there can be unpleasant surprises like realizing you ordered materials too late.

A general contractor, however, works full-time on construction projects. With years of experience, they are familiar with the workflow of a renovation project and know how to use time efficiently. They know when to order materials and when to obtain permits. They have learned how much lead time to allow when scheduling subcontractors for project phases. General contractors earn their living working on projects like yours so that you have time for things that are important to you. 

Saves You Money

Hiring a general contractor is less expensive overall that doing the work yourself. A general contractor typically has developed relationships with a network of suppliers, subcontractors and other professionals. The result is the ability to negotiate discounted prices that would otherwise not be available to you. 

For example, you would probably buy materials for your renovation project at a local home improvement store or lumberyard. You would buy the quantity you need for your project and pay the usual retail price. On the other hand, a general contractor could buy materials in bulk for several projects and pay a discounted price. 

At first, DIY may seem like a way to cut down on expenses. When you factor in a professional’s ability to buy in bulk and get discounts, hiring a general contractor saves you money. Even cosmetic work, such as interior painting, can be more expensive when you DIY because you’ll pay full price for supplies. 

Less Risk

Some renovation tasks are dangerous and must be left to licensed professionals. Improper electrical installation, for example, can result in a serious injury or fire. Incorrectly installed plumbing can lead to costly property damage. Qualified professionals know how to complete the work safely and ensure the result is up to building code standards.  

Work that should be left to professional contractors include 

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing 
  • Supporting wall removal
  • HVAC  
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Foundation  

Licensed professionals also know the best risk management practices and must carry insurance. If you do the work yourself, you may not know the safest way to complete the task. You could end up with costly property damage or injuries to yourself or others. 

Hiring a general contractor is the first step in a successful renovation project. The professionals at RH Blanchard have the general contracting experience you can trust. Get in touch today so we can help you get started.