You're bracing yourself for the great home remodel of 2018. But as you pore over your to-do list, your first though is: "How in the world will I get this all done?"
You may be a handy person who knows his or her way around power tools. But that doesn't mean you've got the skills -- or the time -- to take on big rehab projects around the house.
Here's a rundown on 10 benefits of hiring a licensed contractor for your rehab projects.
Let's jump in!
When you hire a licensed contractor, you don't need to feel anxious about the headaches that often accompany remodeling projects.
After all, your contractor will oversee your project, ensuring that it is completed on time, within budget and according to your specifications. This removes the burden from you so that you can simply enjoy the process.
Of course, it's critical that you clearly communicate your goals, needs, and desires to your contractor early on. If you do this, you should see your ideas become your reality with no worry or delay.
Before a contractor can work legally, he or she must have a license. And that's a good thing for you.
Your state has several regulations and rules in place for getting a contractor license. Then, once a contractor is licensed, the state's licensing board will ensure that he or she follows the state's regulations or else lose his or her license.
In addition to having licenses, reputable contractors have insurance.
Insurance benefits both the contractor and you. If something were to happen at your home during the rehab process -- for instance, property damage or injuries -- the contractor's insurance would help with offsetting any damages.
You naturally expect a contractor to come to your home to fix or improve it, not break it. But life happens. So, it's always a good idea to choose a contractor who has general liability insurance along with other types of insurance, such as workers' compensation insurance.
One of the scariest things about embarking on a rehab project is feeling as though you have to figure it out all on your own.
It's a mental load that is tough even for a relatively experienced home handyman to bear.
Fortunately, when you hire a contractor, you don't have to navigate the ins and outs of your construction project alone. You'll have a partner who can help you to quickly and efficiently solve problems that may arise.
This is a major benefit of working with the right licensed contractor -- a benefit you may have never thought about.
A knowledgeable contractor can give you a general idea of what your home's value is. Then, he or she can explain the cost versus return on investment (ROI) associated with remodeling a home in your neighborhood.
In other words, your contractor will show you how much you are spending and how much you are receiving for what you are paying. The greater your ROI is, the better you'll feel about going through with your rehab project.
Life feels better when it's simple and convenient, don't you think?
Well, that's what a licensed contractor can do for you: make your home remodel as simple and convenient as possible for you.
A licensed contractor can easily save you days, weeks and even months. In fact, a project that could take you several months to accomplish due to your busy schedule could be a cinch for a contractor to do in a day.
Even if a project drags on for a few days or weeks, your contractor will manage the worksite to keep debris and dust from filling your kitchen, hallways, and bedrooms.
All of this will make the remodel process a lot more enjoyable no matter how much of your home is being worked on at once.
You, like many other DIYers, have probably made the mistake of thinking that a rehab job would be easy.
The reality is, the devil is in the details.
Fortunately, a licensed contractor is accustomed to taking care of all of the details of a rehab project. As a result, you can rest assured that your project will get done correctly from A to Z, no matter how complex it may be.
Speaking of a complex project, a licensed contractor has a knack for making even the biggest and most complicated projects simpler.
For instance, a licensed contractor can easily manage numerous subcontractors for you so that you don't have to.
Hiring one big-picture person to handle the entire project will help you to get it done more quickly and in the most hassle-free manner possible.
Are you planning to finance your home remodel with a bank loan? You'll likely have no choice but to hire a licensed contractor.
Lenders typically require homeowners to have experienced contractors in place unless they themselves can demonstrate that they have heavy industry experience.
This is perhaps one of the most important things a licensed contractor can do for you.
Contractors who are worth hiring know how to go about dealing with liability, building codes, and permits. That means you don't have to jump through the hoops or navigate the red tape to address these matters.
Also, as we mentioned earlier, reputable licensed contractors have liability and workers' compensation insurance, which can protect you against negative legal consequences.
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