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General contractor or not

Posted by ttn0001 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 16, 10 at 9:59

I just bought an older home and plan to remodel the entire house before moving in. Should I hire a general contractor or be my own general contractor and find pros to do the job? I'm on a tight budget to do the follow on a 2600sqft one-story house.

-Remove popcorn ceiling and smooth walls/ceilings
-New wood floors
-New windows
-Trim/base boards
-Entire kitchen remodel(new cabinets,add island,new tiles, counter-tops,appliances)
-3 entire bathrooms to remodel(new tube,sink,toilet,counter-tops,tiles)
-Changing all int. doors
-Recess lighting all around


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RE: General contractor or not

Your first project is to have a sample of the acoustic,(popcorn) cieling tested for asbestos if the house is early 1980's or older.

How much time do you have to dedicate to the project? Even with a G.C. you are going to need to make time to be involved, but typically, a reputable G.C. has reputable subs they use and are familiar with. By O.B'ing, you are going to haver to seek out reputable subs and be on top of them let alone all the many other time consuming chores such as permitting, material takeoffs, inpspection schedules, etc.


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