Building an Alaska home or conducting a significant household renovation is typically a time-consuming and complicated project. While many of us today have a degree in DIY from binge-watching, various home improvement shows, our overconfidence in our abilities can sometimes lead to financial loss and a variety of other challenges associated with our home renovation projects. General contractors like Crighton & Cooper Construction and Design in Anchorage AK have years of experience and training under their belts to ensure your project goes off without a hitch. Although it may appear to cost a little extra when compared to a DIY project, hiring a general contractor can help to save you time and money in the long run.
Alaskan General contractor are different from handymen, subcontractors, or other professionals when it comes to skillset, licensing, and overall expertise. While general contractors are responsible for the coordination and Execution of larger home renovation projects, there are other types of contractors known as subcontractors who specialize in a particular trade such as plumbing, electrical work, or carpentry. In a future blog, we will discuss the differences between general contractors and subcontractors.
The benefits of hiring a general contractor depend on the scope of the job you wish to have completed. In general, hiring a general contractor will protect you from some of the higher costs associated with doing the work yourself and any legal liability that could arise should the work be done incorrectly. Below we have listed a few reasons why it might be beneficial to work with a general contractor.
1) Licensing and Insurance
A general contractor must be licensed by local (and in some cases) state regulatory boards before starting to work legally. The state and local boards are responsible for ensuring the contractor follows all of the rules and regulations applicable to your area. Your contractor is also required to have liability insurance and compensation insurance for workers in case of an accident or injury on the job site. Unfortunately, without such insurance coverage provided through the use of a general contractor, any injuries or accidents that occur on your job site will likely become your financial and legal obligation.
2) Knowledge of Building Codes and Permit Requirements
You have decided to build a two-car attached garage and add a deck onto the side of your home. Do you know what permits are required by your local zoning department? Does your living area allow for such an addition? Do you have adequate space to allow for the proper setbacks from your neighbors and public roads?
Although a permit is not required for every home renovation or repair, a licensed general contractor such as Crighton & Cooper knows when permits are necessary. A general contractor is expected to understand local zoning requirements, whether variances are available, in what local code requirements are to ensure your home renovation is safe and will pass inspection. Code requirements vary by municipality, and it is essential to have a clear understanding of what your local ordinances require. Failure to abide by zoning rules and regulations could result in Various penalties or fees, or in some cases having to alter your completed building project to conform to code.
3) Time Saving
Hiring a general contractor can save you time! Inconveniences such as bad weather, material shipping delays, or permitting delays can impact your project schedule. An experienced general contractor has the knowledge and experience necessary to prevent costly downtime. Your general contractor is responsible for handling the timing and scheduling for subcontractors on the job site to ensure that the project keeps moving forward regardless of potential setbacks. A general contractor is responsible for resolving any problems that may arise, ensuring that your project continues to run smoothly. A general contractor can save you weeks or maybe even months on your project by being able to reschedule, adjust, and compensate for delays in ways that a DIY homeowner may not be able to.
4) Financial Savings
While hiring a general contractor does cost money, it can save you money in the long run. First, a professional home remodeling contractor has the experience and knowledge required to make sure your job is done the right way-the first time. Consequently, you will not have to spend extra money redoing the things that went wrong with your project.
A general contractor hires subcontractors to complete certain portions of the project. Because of this, a subcontractor will charge a higher rate per hour when working for a homeowner than when doing work under a general contractor. As a result, general contractors can get the lowest bid from different subcontractors, which creates a competitive environment that saves you money.
When it comes to material costs, a general contractor can save you money there as well. General contractors frequently have the option to buy materials in bulk, so you will have materials that are of the highest quality for your project but at a lower cost. When you attempt to purchase similar materials as a homeowner, you will pay full price, which can increase your project’s cost. For example, Box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes offer reduced pricing on orders over a certain amount and bulk pricing on a wide range of products. While A DIY homeowner may not need one hundred outlet boxes for their specific project, a general contractor can purchase in bulk and pass the savings on to you.
5) Relationships with Subcontractors
A home renovation project may require various subcontractors to complete. Depending on your project, you may need a plumber, electrician, roofer, or another licensed professional. The subcontractors you need to complete your job have likely worked with a general contractor here in Anchorage, Alaska, such as Crighton & Cooper, on past jobs. Having a general contractor take the lead on the bidding and hiring process for subcontractors can save you many phone calls, headaches, and money.
6) If you Hire Alaskan General Contractor it Can Protect Your Home from Inspection Issues
When it comes to those more significant projects such as bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, or any other project that may be the subject of a future home inspection, a general contractor is your best bet. In addition to bathroom and kitchen work other features of your home that could be part of a future inspection may include:
- Plumbing issues such as leaky drains or pipe replacement
- Electrical work such as installing a new circuit breaker panel or significant wiring upgrades
- Roof repairs including replacing shingles and flashing
- Servicing HVAC systems
If you are preparing for any type of major remodeling project in Anchorage, Alaska, it is best to hire a general contractor who can oversee a team of plumbers, electricians, builders, or other specialty tradespeople who will be required on your job site. The professional guidance and experience provided by a general contractor can save you time and money throughout your project. At Crighton & Cooper Construction, our years of experience in the industry have resulted in relationships with suppliers and other industry professionals, which can benefit the overall speed and cost at which your project gets completed. If you are preparing for an Alaskan home remodel, large or small, contact us at Crighton & Cooper Construction and Design. We would be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for your project.