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Home Repairs And Remodeling Processes — Contractor And Subcontractor Duties

Purchasing a home that has been unoccupied for many years will likely necessitate that you have general repairs and cleaning tasks conducted. If the home is in relatively poor shape throughout, you may even decide to have a complete remodel performed.

A Contractor Versus A Subcontractor

A general contractor is a tradesman who oversees a construction job in its entirety or who oversees a remodeling job from start to finish. This person usually delegates tasks to subcontractors. Subcontractors are contractors on a lower tier in this type of situation. They will be well-versed in performing one specific trade. For instance, a masonry subcontractor is someone who may install retaining walls, brickwork, and other paved surfaces. A plumbing subcontractor may handle the replacement of damaged plumbing and the upgrading of outdated plumbing materials.

A subcontractor can also be considered a contractor on their own, but this is only when they are obtaining work that they will perform directly for a client. If the home that you have purchased is going to be remodeled from one end to the other, you will likely rely upon the services of a contractor and multiple subcontractors. If you have one targeted area in your home that will need to be repaired or modified, you can hire a subcontractor who specializes in the type of work that you need to be performed.

Major Upgrades And Minor Upgrades

If you decide to have the entire house remodeled, you should initially hire a general contractor. This person will walk through your home and take note of areas that are in need of attention. They may point out ductwork, electrical components, flooring, and other items that are problematic and that will benefit from being upgraded. A contractor will seek your consent prior to hiring anyone to perform any of the job duties that need to be addressed.

You will receive pricing variables and may be required to sign a contract, which will cover costs for labor and all of the materials that are going to be used to complete the job. Your contractor will act as the liaison between you and the subcontractors. They will delegate job duties, oversee the work that is being performed, and will get in touch with you about the progress of the remodeling project.

If you pursue a small upgrade that will require one main area to be improved upon, you can contact some local subcontractors (individual contractors who have experience in one field) who work in the region where your house is located. You will be the person who is in charge of hiring the professional who will be performing the job duties. You will also be responsible for signing a contract that your specialized contractor furnishes you with.

Reach out to a contractor to learn more about home remodels.