It’s really unfortunate that it’s common practice here in the Philippines that people don’t hire a general contractor for their design and build project. This is especially rampant in residential projects. Here are some of the reasons why people do it:
- They think that it’s an easy project.
- They feel as if a general contractor is redundant that they can just hire the employees themselves.
- They want to save money by not having to pay for a general contractor.
These may make a lot of sense to people, but we’re here to tell you that it’s a good idea for you to hire a general contractor.
Why Hire a General Contractor
These reasons will convince you to invest in a general contractor:
- They will work with you through the duration of your contract.
A good general contractor looks at the big picture – one that includes everything from the planning to completion. Sure, you can hire a painter, carpenter, electrician, etc. But their focus is just on finishing their specific task. On the other hand, the general contractor’s focus is on the completion of the project and this includes making sure that all subcontractors and employees do and finish their tasks.
- They know and understand the necessary permits and how to get them.
The last thing that you’d want is for the city to shut down your project because you lack the permits. You’ll be hit with hefty fines and the whole project will be delayed.
By hiring a general contractor, the permits can be taken cared of before the project begins. This way, you don’t have to worry about fines and delays because of the lack of permits.
- You don’t have to worry about liabilities.
Employees do get injured and they can go after you if they feel that you didn’t take care of their safety. An experienced general contractor will have the right insurance that will protect them (and you) from liabilities if an accident happens.
- They can help you save money on labor and materials.
This is especially true if they’ve been in business for a long time. They know the best suppliers and workers that offer the best deals. They have partnerships in place that allow them to get discounts. They also buy in bulk so they’re given discounts. They have established relationships with subcontractors and workers as well so they get discounts on labor.
- You’re protected by a warranty.
A good general contractor will offer warranty for their work. This way, you’re protected from substandard work.
- You can save a lot of time and effort.
The benefits listed above will help you save money. In addition, you can also save time and effort by not having to worry about doing tasks that should be done by the general contractor. As you can probably imagine, even the smallest residential project will require a lot of overseeing, manpower and man hours. You’re better off actually working and earning money than tying yourself up to these tasks.
Hire a General Contractor for Your Project Today!
As you can probably see, the benefits of hiring one greatly outweigh the perceived benefits of not hiring one. We’re more than happy to show you how you can benefit from hiring us. Contact us today!