San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 21, 2012
Has the DIY craze gone too far? Some homeowners decide to hire a general contractor but act as project manager, overseeing the project themselves and hiring their own subcontractors to save money. Before homeowners bite off more than they can chew, here are a few things to consider:
Does the homeowner have the time to devote to the home improvement project?
Homeowners should be realistic when estimating how much time they have to devote to overseeing the project themselves.
Keep in mind, a general contractor has invaluable experience completing a remodeling project on time. If a homeowner hires a general contractor but manages the project themselves, most likely the project will be delayed considerably. This can become nerve wracking with a time-sensitive project, such as a kitchen remodel. Remember, everyday a kitchen is out of order means another meal at Denny’s.
“Recently I completed a kitchen remodel that took much longer than usual because the homeowner wanted to be their own project manager,” says Paul Allen, owner of Allen Remodel. “A typical kitchen remodel should only take four to five weeks from demolition to completion. However, with an inexperienced homeowner managing the project it took 12 weeks to complete the project.”
Does the homeowner have the capabilities to complete the project successfully?
The cost of home remodeling can’t be quantified by money alone. A general contractor has a wealth of experience hiring and scheduling subcontractors, obtaining permits, ordering materials, quality control, and meeting local code requirements. Unless homeowners have considerable experience in the construction industry, they will lack the skills and knowledge to complete the project successfully.
In addition, homeowners that run their own project are not likely to get the same service, attention, and prices from subcontractors and suppliers as a qualified general contractor. Why? A homeowner only represents one job, while a general contractor represents many projects.
Owner of Allen Remodel, Paul Allen, brings the experience and expertise of over 500 residential remodeling projects that range from kitchen and bath remodels to room additions. To learn more about this design-build company and see photos of their work, please visit their website http://www.allenremodel.net.
About Allen Remodel
Allen Remodel is a design-build company specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling. The company builds their own cabinets locally, which allows them to have full control of the scheduling and completion of their projects. In addition, they do not start a project until all cabinets are finished which can cut down lead times by six weeks. Allen Remodel proudly serves North San Diego County including Escondido, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, and Encinitas.