Hiring builders for construction projects has several advantages. Those who have endeavored to build a new home using their own skills, tools, and time, understand the difficulties and intricacies of the construction process. At first glance, it may seem like a simple thing for someone who is not in the construction business to build his or her own house, or even act as the general contractor. Many people successfully do this, but it is not without its challenges and frustrations. It’s particularly difficult for the less-experienced novice. When deciding whether to hire out your project or do it yourself, here are a few things to think about.
Contractors and builders have gone through formal training, and have experience on the job. A good builder has current knowledge and expertise in their field. Because of the people they associate with, and the activities they spend most of their time doing, they know what the most current materials and techniques are. They will know, for instance, what the latest and most effective adhesive for tile is, its advantages and disadvantages over a competing product, and its comparative price. They will also be aware of current trends, like what cabinet finishes are the newest fashion, and what types of decking materials are most popular. They will be able to help their clients compare characteristics of products that are somewhat similar, such as ceramic vs. vinyl tiles.
Builders also are more likely to get the job done quickly. They understand and are used to the building process, so they are able to move through it more quickly. One problem that many owners run into when doing a building project on their own is scheduling. There is a certain order that parts of a project have to be done in: excavation and foundation work first, framing second, then plumbing and electrical, insulation, drywall, etc., follow in succession. If circumstances prevent one subcontractor, the plumber, for example, from finishing his or her part of the project by the scheduled date, other contractors’ schedules are affected by this. Most subcontractors have working relationships with general contractors and will work to reschedule as soon as possible in order to keep a positive reputation and relationship with the general contractor, In contrast, a subcontractor may reschedule for a much later time if working for someone who is not in the construction industry, since the subcontractor has less of an incentive to come sooner. When one subcontractor gets off the schedule, it often causes the next contractor to get further off the scheduled due date, and next one even further than that. The result can be that the project is finished literally months after it was originally scheduled to be finished. It definitely pays to hire out projects to builders.