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What kind of contractor remodels the home's exterior?

Answered by Brett Kulina ~ October 21, 2012 ~ No Comments » | Respond to this question

I'm looking for a contractor to give my house a facelift. New siding or some sort of way to waterproof the exterior. New paint and redo the roof.

Kevin - Daly City, Calif.

Brett Kulina

Kevin, if you want to hire one person to coordinate the entire exterior remodel of your house, then you should look for a local, experienced general contractor. Working with a general contractor, who may actually subcontract portions of your home remodel to a siding contractor, a painter, and a roofing contractor, could be preferable for you because the project scheduling, budgeting, billing, and countless other important tasks would all be taken care of by just one person.

An alternative option would be for you to act as your own project manager and hire several contractors (such as a painter, roofer, siding contractor), who would each complete their portion of the job. Of course, this means that you would have to handle most of the general responsibilities of project coordination, which will require your time and at least some home remodeling experience. If you decide to go down this road, keep in mind that you'll need to create a detailed project timeline and budget so that you ensure all the needed work is completed in the right order and all the bills get paid.

If you have never tackled the responsibilities of a project manager during a home remodel, then you should probably stick with the easier path and hire a general contractor. One benefit of hiring a general contractor is that there would be a single point of contact for all of your communications, billing, and long term warranty issues. Another advantage of hiring a general contractor is that an experienced general contractor usually has a quality team of subcontractors, with whom they have worked with in the past, which means that you won't have to worry about gathering numerous bids and references when hiring each individual subcontractor.

Although hiring a general contractor for your home remodel could increase the overall project cost by up to 15% or more, most generals are well worth their cost. An experienced general contractor, who is knowledgeable about building material choices, available subcontractors, and project costs and time lines, can also be invaluable to your peace of mind.

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