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Being your own General Contractor

“It won’t take that much (of our) time.” We’re hiring people to remodel the house so they should be able to take care of each of their specialties and things will just take happen by themselves. Don’t be fooled.

Hundreds of personal hour later, progress is happening but perhaps not at the pace we would have liked. Each trade has questions (that need answering sooner rather than later) and in order to prevent them from tripping over each other, scheduling is important. We’re fortunate that the house is big enough that if the plumber needs one room, the electrician can work in another but both big and small projects require coordination- especially when you are paying by the hour.

Moral of the story: you can certainly be your own general contractor but be prepared for what is involved. We hire professional for professional results. Getting those results on your own are certainly possible but be prepared to be taking on another fulltime job.

One Comment on “Being your own General Contractor

  1. Ummm, sounds a lot like selling your house. You can do it yourself, or hire a professional real estate agent. Depends on how you want to “spend” your time. 🙂

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