“Why should I hire a General Contractor (GC) and pay him a fee when all he going to do is subcontract out most, if not all, the work?”


So think some home owners when considering home renovations. There are multiple reasons that answer that question in the affirmative.

  1. Each subcontractor should be a specialist in his phase of the work. He should bring knowledge and experience together with the proper tools and equipment to the job. A good GC will have the expertise to hire the right subcontractor for the work. Over my 34 years in this industry I have developed a solid stable of good and reliable subcontractors as well as suppliers. After years of working together, we each know what to expect from the other to meet the common goal. In remodeling work this includes being ever mindful that you are working in someone’s home; many times while they are living there. The cheapest sub is rarely the best sub.
  2. No GC is smart enough to know everything about every trade. Nor is there time to watch every worker every minute. Even if there was, one cannot make a bad sub do good work through constant supervision. The GC’s job is to pick the right subcontractor or supplier for the task at hand.
  3. The GC is responsible for determining exactly what it is that the Owner is trying to accomplish and then implementing this with clear directions to the subs.
  4. The GC should bring fresh viewpoints and alternate ideas to the table always keeping the Owner’s vision in mind.
  5. The GC is responsible for scheduling the work. This doesn’t just mean figuring out “what to do when”, but also anticipating what can go awry. That comes from having “been there, done that”.
  6. The GC is responsible for making sure that all the subs have the proper licensing and insurances to protect the Homeowner
  7. Last but not least, the Owner needs one entity to hold ultimately responsible. For example, he does not want to have to decide who is responsible for a bad carpet seam; the manufacturer or the installer.


THE BOTTOM LINE: The General Contractor earns a fee for not just doing the work, but knowing who to select to help him do the best job at meeting the mutual objectives and providing good value to the Owner. I love it when my customer tells me at the end of the job “your subs are great”.

Richard Adams (The Bottom Line Builder)
Adams Residential, LLC













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