Know when to get an install or a quote for full service
Home improvements cover a wide range of upgrades and replacements. Some require much more planning, while others can be done within a day. Depending on what you’ve chosen, you’ll either need a a general contractor or an installation service. But which one?
The word “general contractor” can be a little intimidating. What it really signifies is someone who’s responsible for the overall coordination of your project. That includes hiring, supervising and paying any suppliers and sub-trades. We call them Full Service Renovations. The goal here is to have an expert manage the timelines, permits, pricing of sub-trades and more. Existing relationships with quality tradesmen and a deep understanding of how to plan a project efficiently pays for itself when you have a professional on your side.
An installation service, on the other hand, is generally hired to perform a specific task. Typically, they’re very knowledgeable about their work and are highly recommended when it comes to their area of expertise.
For example, if you’re having your roof redone, does the contractor include the eaves-trough and soffits, or do you need to hire another contractor to price and complete that part of the scope? Likewise, if you’re having your bathroom flooring redone, will the contractor remove the toilet and re-install as well? Ask the questions up front so you’re not surprised when it comes time to have your install completed.
When a general contractor is your best bet
Consulting a contractor is especially important when renovating your kitchen or bathroom – two highly used rooms that often contain hidden issues that can majorly impact your project and budget. Unless you have a lot of spare time on your hands, you’ll want to use a general contractor for these spaces. The amount of planning and coordination can often be overwhelming for the average home owner.
Your best bet is to hire a great company who knows the renovation business. They will look after your best interests!
If you need some advice on how best to approach your project, contact us for a free in-home consultation.