How important is a general contractor for bathroom remodel?
We served as our own general contractor for our kitchen remodel 4 years ago. My husband pulled the permits for electrical and for opening up one small wall, and we did our own demolition. We used Angie's List to find our granite fabricator and our hardwood floor man; and we used references from friends for cabinets, drywall and electrical. We did not move sink or drains, so we did not hire a plumber for that project.
That project went smoothly with only one potential delay which we were able to resolve satisfactorily. We felt that we had a good working relationship with each person/company involved.
Now we are ready to tackle all three bathrooms and don't know whether or not to use hire a general contractor this time.
Aside from painting, we are not planning to do the actual work ourselves, so we will need good specialists in each area. We are working an interior designer who will supply a set of working drawings and materials lists that we can provide to either a general contractor and/or to individual specialists.
My husband would like to get bids from each specialist separately--from the plumber, from the tile installer, from the electrician, from the framer/drywall person, etc. Because we had success in finding good people previously, he thinks that we can save money if we go that way again.
We will seek bids from a couple of general contractors and also from separate specialists in each area. Once we have those numbers, what things other than price should we consider in deciding whether or not to go with a general contractor?