Remodeling/General Contractors

Let's face it. Getting your home remodeled can be a stressful experience. There are lots of decisions to be made – and the most important one is the remodeling services company you select to do your project.

You've probably heard some home improvement horror stories: The Handyman or Remodeler who disappears for days at a time without explanation (and doesn't adhere to promised timelines); Remodeler who thinks doing a quality job is permission to charge outrageous prices

We at focus our efforts on connecting you with remodelers and general contractors who always believe in straightforward, transparent dealings – from first contact to final walkthrough. No exceptions. Listed below you'll find our understanding and expectations of a good Remodeler or General Contractor.

In layman terms, a remodeler or general contractor is the prime construction contract for a project. A remodeler therefore can be an individual, or a group, that contract with another organization or individual (a business owner) for the construction, renovation or demolition of a building, house, or other structure.

General Contractors/Remodeling

A remodeler is responsible for the means and methods to be used in the construction execution of the project in accordance with the contract documents. These contract documents usually include the contract agreement including budget, the general and special conditions and the plans and specification of the project that are prepared by a design professional such as an architect.

A remodeler usually is responsible for the supplying of all material, labor, equipment, and services necessary for the construction of the project. To do this it is common for the remodeler to subcontract part of the work to other persons and companies that specialize in these types of work. These are called subcontractors. Remodelers often run their own business. They hire subcontractors to complete specialized construction work and may manage a team of plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other specialists.

Remodelers are the "big picture" thinkers. They work with you through the entire project, from the idea phase to the finished product. By contrast, subcontractors come and go. They specialize in certain areas of the construction process and enter project to do a particular task and leave when that task is finished. Remodelers don't usually complete much construction work themselves, but they should remain familiar with construction techniques so they can manage workers effectively and ensure that their subcontractors complete high-quality work.

Being that their jobs vary in complexity, and that they get paid by the job, means that the harder and more time consuming a job is, the more it will cost. Also some materials cost more than others therefore tiling a bathroom will cost more than putting siding on a house.

Responsibilities of the remodeler may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records

Before starting a job the remodeler must first visit the house to gain an understanding of what the job entails. After the visit, he/they will be able to come up with a price. This price is called an estimate. The estimation is essentially an educated guess. The remodeler takes what the cost of materials should be and then adds the cost of labor for the job and comes up with the estimate.


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