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Do You Need A General Contractor For Your Project? Take Our Quiz To Find Out


Are you thinking about a home renovation project or embarking on a new construction endeavor? Before you begin, it’s important to consider whether or not you need the services of a general contractor. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s necessary to hire one, take our 10-question quiz!

Answer the questions below to get a better idea of whether or not you need a general contractor.


1. Are You Experienced In Managing Construction Projects?

  • Yes: You may be able to manage the project on your own, but it depends on the size and complexity of the task.
  • No: It’s likely best to hire a general contractor for your project.


2. Do You Understand Local Building Codes And Regulations?

  • Yes: This is helpful if you are considering taking on the project yourself, however, changes could occur since building codes can change from time to time.
  • No: It’s best to have an expert involved who stays up to date with all of the local laws and regulations related to building.


3. Do You Have Access To The Necessary Resources, Supplies, And Materials?

  • Yes: This is a key factor in deciding if you should DIY your project or hire a contractor to do it for you.
  • No: A general contractor can help source the right materials and tools at cost-effective prices.


4. Are You Comfortable Negotiating With Subcontractors?

  • Yes: You may be able to handle this on your own; however, if there are any discrepancies, a contractor will be able to help navigate them better than someone who isn’t experienced in contracting negotiations.
  • No: It’s best to leave these matters up to an expert who has experience dealing with subcontractors.


5. Can You Stay On Top Of Scheduling And Deadlines?

  • Yes: You may be able to manage the project timeline if it’s not too complex.
  • No: A contractor will be able to help keep track of the schedule and make sure everything is completed on time.


6. Do You Have A Good Understanding Of Construction Budgeting?

  • Yes: If you’re comfortable with budgets and costs, then this could be something you can manage on your own.
  • No: A contractor is necessary to help create and manage the project budget.


7. Are you familiar with the responsibilities of subcontractors?

  • Yes: If you are aware of the various roles that each subcontractor plays, it may be possible for you to handle the project alone.
  • No: It’s best to hire a general contractor who has experience working with subcontractors in order to make sure everything goes as planned.


8. Do You Know How To Read Blueprints And Architectural Plans?

  • Yes: You may be able to manage the project yourself; however, it’s important to be aware of all the details in order to make sure everything is done correctly.
  • No: A contractor can help interpret and understand building plans accurately.


9. Do You Have The Time Necessary To Complete The Project?

  • Yes: If you are willing and able to devote enough time for a successful outcome, then managing your own project may be possible.
  • No: It’s best to hire a general contractor who can dedicate their full attention and resources to ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.


10. Are There Any Special Features Or Requirements That Need To Be Included In Your Project?

  • Yes: This could require additional expertise which you may not possess.
  • No: A knowledgeable and experienced general contractor can help make sure that all the necessary elements are included in your project.


If you answered YES  to any of the 10 questions, it’s likely in your best interest to hire a general contractor for your project. Even if you don’t answer YES to every question, it’s always wise to consider the help of an experienced professional. A general contractor will be able to provide invaluable assistance and guidance throughout the entire process.

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