In some states, General Contractors are not allowed to work on projects unless more than one non-framing trade is required.

In some states, General Contractors are not allowed to work on projects unless more than one non-framing trade is required.

If you are considering a General Contractor for a project that you think only involves one non-framing trade (like roofing), ask the General Contractor you are considering if they will be allowed to perform the work needed.  Sometimes even though you thought only one...
Some General Contractor’s negotiate lower rates for the specialists they use on a regular basis

Some General Contractor’s negotiate lower rates for the specialists they use on a regular basis

One other circumstance when a General Contractor might be helpful with only a single trade is when you already have a good relationship with the General Contractor and they are able to find the right specialists for you.  It is even possible that the end cost you pay...
Sometimes even what appears to be a simple one trade project can easily grow.

Sometimes even what appears to be a simple one trade project can easily grow.

Projects that can usually be handled without a General Contractor are those that only involve one trade or specialty area.  For example, a roof project typically does not need a General Contractor.  However, sometimes even what appears to be a simple one trade project...
One of the first do-it-yourself decisions is whether to use a General Contractor.

One of the first do-it-yourself decisions is whether to use a General Contractor.

Our readers might suspect that our answer (as we are General Contractors) would always be yes.  Be surprised.  We believe that there are many projects that you can easily serve as your own General Contractor while there are others for which trying to be the General...
Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Regardless of which method you select to have plans produced, the process of finding and choosing someone to do plans is much the same as finding the contractor that we discuss in a later chapter.  In general, always use your trusted professional (if you have one),...

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