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Should I Hire A General Contractor Or A Specialized Contractor

Home remodeling and renovation projects require a significant amount of your time and effort. If you don’t want to carry this burden, you need to hire a contractor to get the job done smoothly and professionally.

When it comes to hiring a contractor, you have two options: a general contractor or specialized contractor. What’s the difference between the two and which one is the better option? Read on to find out.

What We'll Go Over

What Is A General Contractor?

A general contractor is a licensed professional who is typically in charge of overseeing a construction project from beginning to end. They are primarily responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, and coordinating every aspect of the project.

General contractors can either do the projects by themselves or hire specialized contractors to carry out certain tasks. From searching for qualified specialized contractors to ensuring that those professionals are paid for their work, general contractors will handle everything to guarantee that the project runs smoothly.

With all the liability and responsibility that comes with home remodeling and renovation projects, most property owners may get overwhelmed.  Hiring a general contractor ensures that the work is being done, ensuring the successful completion of the home improvement project.

What Is A Specialized Contractor?

A specialized contractor is a licensed professional who is an expert in a specific field. Unlike general contractors who are responsible in every aspect of the project, specialized contractors can only intercede in their areas of expertise. They can only carry out services that their licenses and permits allow.

You can hire a specialized contractor to do more than one task if they have the necessary licenses for it. For example, to install a cooling system for your home, you will need professionals to carry out the electrical system installation as well as the cooling installation. You can opt to hire two different specialized contractors to handle these tasks separately. A more efficient option, however, is to just hire a single specialized contractor who has expertise and licenses in both areas.

Alternatively, a specialized contractor can also get the help of another contractor with a different specialization if necessary. But unlike general contractors, not all specialized contractors can subcontract another specialized contractor. They need specific licenses that permit those kinds of deals. On the other hand, all general contractors have those licenses, allowing them to subcontract a specialized subcontractor whenever necessary.

General Contractor Or Specialized Contractor: Which One Is Better?

Both hiring a general contractor and specialized contractor have their own advantages. Which one to hire will be primarily based on specific factors relevant to your renovation project.

If your renovation projects require a very specific task, then hiring a general contractor may not be necessary. For example, if you need help in your home’s plumbing, you can simply just hire a specialized contractor who is an expert in that field.

However, if it’s a large project like bathroom or kitchen remodeling, it’s better to leave the project management with a general contractor. By enlisting their services, you won’t have to worry about finding and scheduling all specialized contractors you need. Your general contractor will ensure that they will hire reliable specialized contractors who will handle each aspect of your home project, ensuring top-quality workmanship.

What’s more, licensed general contractors already have established strong working relationships with multiple specialized contractors and suppliers. This means they only deal with specialized contractors and suppliers who they have had good working experience in the past. Those strong working relationships also allow them to get better pricing for both labor and supply costs.

Get In Touch With A Reliable Contractor Today

Pacific Construction Builders is one of Hawaii’s most trusted one-stop construction and maintenance companies. Our team of licensed general contractors and certified repair technicians have the experience, resources and track record necessary to fulfill all your construction and home renovation needs. Having been in business for over three decades, we guarantee that you’ll only experience the best quality of service.

Contact Pacific Construction Builders today and set up an appointment to get started!

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