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3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a General Contractor

By Jamie Richardson | June 22, 2018

You’re reasonably handy, right? As a property owner, we always look for ways to save money and get things done quickly. Taking tasks on ourselves is certainly the way to go when, for example, we want to assemble a bookcase, or install a simple shelf. But if you’re thinking of repairs or renovations, there’s a good chance you need a professional to do it. Here are three ways you’ll benefit by hiring a general contractor.

1. It’s safer.

You already know that with a home project, any number of things could go wrong. Now would be a good time to ask yourself what the dangers around the project are. Where are the risks for property damage and bodily injury? Roof repairs, for instance, are inherently dangerous for the average person.

Large, unwieldy materials, such as wooden beams, are risky as well. It’s easy to take out a lamp - or a person - with anything from beams, to sheets of drywall, to stepladders. And if damage or injury does occur during your project, who pays? You do.

That’s because any risk at all is also a financial risk. If you become injured trying to do it yourself, you can miss work, losing out on wages. That’s in addition to medical expenses. When you hire someone who has insurance for general contractors, your role becomes miles safer.

2. You’ll get what you want.

The ability to plan and focus on the outcome of a project is severely impacted by the fact that you have to simultaneously carry out the actual work. If you start the job and hit a snag, what’s the solution? Since this isn’t your expertise, and you have a number of other things to do each day, it would be easy to cut a corner or two.

With a contractor, you can step back and assess the work objectively. If you’ve explained your plans thoroughly to the contractor, they will be able to use their experience to figure out the best, most cost-effective way to carry out the project. Two heads are usually better than one, and this is especially true where both planning and labor are involved.

3. This project could be just the beginning.

Did everything go according to plan? Did you mitigate personal risk and get the results you were looking for? If so, then you have someone you can rely on for a variety of future projects.

Having a contractor you trust in your contacts is wonderful for emergency repairs, and repeat customers can even find themselves getting priority attention. If nothing else, supporting a small business who does quality work is good for your local community.

You’re not saving money with DIY if anything goes wrong. The cost to rectify your mistakes can easily surpass what it costs to hire someone for the job. At some point, you’re going to need to call a contractor, so why not start a relationship with one now? Get more finished, and move forward with someone who makes a living doing exactly what you need.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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