When you start laying out the plans to build a new home or to renovate an existing home the question will arise as to whether or not you will have to hire your own general contractor or if you decide to become your own general contractor.
There are both pros and cons to each choice and you will have to make your decision before you decide to start working. Remember that you will have to check with local and state laws to see what is allowed within your area. Some areas only allow you to be your own contractor if you plan to live in the home for two years and other states and areas may have rules similar or very different. Always contact your local building permit office or county inspection office to see what is allowed in your area. Keep in mind that in most states while you can become your own general contractor you will not be allowed to be a contractor for other construction phases in your home such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
Hiring a General Contractor
Hiring a general contractor will allow you to have someone else do the work that is very experienced at what they do. The general contractor will have years of experience and will be able to tell you what needs to be done, a time estimate on when it will be complete and will be able to address any problems that may arise with your construction.
A general contractor will also know other contractors within the plumbing, electrical and HVAC department that will be able to do all of this for you so that you do not have to go out and look for them. The downside to hiring a general contractor is mainly expense. Hiring a general contractor can be very expensive and if you are on a strict budget, your budget could be gone within a matter of weeks to months. You also run the risk of not liking the general contractor or what he does within your home.
Doing it Yourself
If you decide to become your own general contractor and you can do so legally in your state and local area you will have no trouble doing so. Doing it yourself means that you can put your own personal touches onto your home and property. It will also allow you to change things according to what you want and what your budget is. You will also have the ability to save money as you will not have to pay a general contractor. The downside to being your own contractor is of course the stress of the job and if you have never done it before it can be overwhelming. There will be a lot of stuff to deal with and if you have not taken the time to study up on all your local codes you could end up with an issue in the long run.
Always take your time and consider whether or not you should hire someone or do it yourself. Doing it yourself has many benefits as does hiring a contractor. Take the time to figure out what would be the best bet for you and the home that you wish to build.