Some home remodeling projects are easy for a DIY-er. When it’s time to remodel the master bath or kitchen, most people need to call a pro like Mastercraft. If you’re overhauling a space—changing the layout or adding new elements—Mastercraft Temecula General Contractor is the way to go.
What is a General Contractor?
A contractor coordinates and supervises every aspect of a remodeling project. That includes:
- securing the proper permits for the project
- overseeing the other subcontractors like carpenters, electricians, and plumbers.
A GM’s work goes beyond managing your hands-on tasks. Licensed general contractors take total responsibility for your project. This means they carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance. The general contractor handles a worker that is injured, or your property is damaged. The general contractor steps in if something goes wrong.
General contractors are responsible for avoiding the need to fix things after completion. Qualified professionals must properly install siding, roofing, windows, and major appliances. The materials manufacturer may refuse a warranty if it was not installed properly. When a general contractor is involved, you know the manufacturer’s guidelines were followed.
The general contractor handles purchasing the supplies. They handle large projects such as cleaning up and disposing of all trash and debris. They also ensure minor but critical details.
Types of General Contractors
You will find two designations for general contractors: Traditional and design-build professionals. A general contractor use project plans designed by an architect or designer. They submit a bid to complete the work.
A design-build contractor is an end-to-end professional. They work with you to conceptualize and design the project. They then oversee the project to completion. Design-build contractors have in-house design and architectural staff.
Every state has general contractor licensing requirements. Contractors must pass a test to qualify. Some states impose more conditions. They include proof of liability insurance, a tax ID number, and proof of business address.
Practical experience is the most necessary qualification for general contractors. Mastercraft’s GC spent years working as skilled subcontractors. We spent time advancing to supervisory roles before applying for our GC license. This experience prepared us to estimate costs and completion times. We recognize qualified subcontractors, test completed work, and control expenses.
When to Hire a Contractor
When to hire a general contractor:
- The project takes several weeks to complete
- Involves permits and inspections
- Needs many skilled professionals
Think of a large kitchen remodel. An example of a large project is knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room. Other large projects include: adding a prep sink, installing a bay window, or changing lighting.
You’ll need many subcontractors. They include plumbers, carpenters, electricians, drywall, and painters. You need to schedule the time to deliver appliances and supplies, so they arrive at the right time. This ensures that the subcontractors have timely delivery of necessary materials. Your county might require building permits. Plumbing and electrical inspections are also typical.
You need a general contractor unless:
- You’re an expert in construction methods.
- Expert in project management.
- Your local building regulations.
- You have time on your hands.
Contractor vs. Subcontractor
It’s easy to confuse contractors and subcontractors. They have very different skill sets. General contractors oversee the entire project. They bring drawings or plans to life. A general contractor buys materials, obtains permits, and hires and pays construction professionals. When you approve the plan, your job is done. Your last job is approving the completed job.
General contractors hire subcontractors. Subs are assigned specific parts of your project. Subcontractors might specialize in a single area. This includes plumbing, drywall, or HVAC. Subcontractors are often self-employed individuals. Sometimes they are employees of a subcontracting business.
As the homeowner, you won’t have any interaction with the subcontractors. General contractors hire, supervised, and pay subcontractors. Most general contractors have long-standing relationships with various subcontractors in different construction specialties. GCs know subs with expertise for complex, custom jobs.
Hiring a General Contractor
Hiring the right professional makes a huge difference in the outcome of your remodel. If you are only looking to tackle a honey-do list, a local handyman can save you time. If your remodel involves a major overhaul, Mastercraft is the best way to go.