Benefits of Hiring General Contractors Over Individual Subcontractors

If you’re planning a large remodeling or home addition project of any kind for your home, one of the most important steps in the process will be finding the proper home contractors to assist you. One of the first questions to answer for yourself here: Whether to hire a single general contractor or to look for several distinct subcontractors for your specific needs.

At Pine Tree Construction, we’re proud to offer the highest-quality general contractor services for any such project, from home additions and renovations to kitchen remodels, basement finishing and many other options. Today’s blog will break down the choice in front of you, plus why many homeowners generally find greater convenience and better overall pricing by going the general contractor route.

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Your Basic Choice

Generally speaking, the choice facing you is whether to hire a single contractor or multiple subcontractors. In many situations, the former option involves the general contractor you hire covering the rest of this process for you, hiring out their own subcontractors based on their previous relationships and recommendations to fill all the needs of your project. This takes the hassle out of your hands, plus allows for professionals with years of experience to arrange the construction process as they see fit.

On the flip side, you may attempt to hire these subcontractors on your own, cutting out the middleman if you will. While some may think this the more cost-effective option for those willing to put in the time to find each contractor, this actually isn’t always the case.

General Contractors and Convenience

For one, the added convenience and quality of the subcontractors being hired separately should not be understated. This often leads to major cost savings as well, as your general contractor is much less likely to make a mistake or hire an unqualified subcontractor than you are.

In addition, however, many general contractors – including ours in many cases – have their own teams already assembled for all the subcontracting areas they might require. They don’t even need to hire out, as they have everything covered under one roof. These are employees, not subcontractors, and they’re experienced with your general contractor crew.

GC Liability Coverage

In either case above, whether the general contractor has their own team or hires certain subcontractors themselves, an additional benefit to going this route is the liability you’re protected from. When you hire a GC, they take on liabilities like insurance and worker’s compensation for the subcontractors they hire – if you hire these sub-contractors on your own, you take on this liability for any property damage, injuries or other issues that take place. GCs often also cover building code compliance, permit applications and other areas you may not be experienced with.

For more on why hiring a general contractor is generally preferable to hiring your own subcontractors, or to learn about any of our home additions or remodeling services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.