General Contractors

Written by Charles Peacock
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Building your very own new house can be a wonderfully exciting (and terribly stressful) project. There are literally hundreds of decisions to make, which depending on your outlook is either a good thing or a bad thing. Depending on how much you want to involve yourself in the process, you can always hire a contractor to take the bulk of the work out of your hands.

Using a General Contractor

General contractors are basically overseers of your entire building project. Instead of hiring a plumber, a carpenter, a roofer and all the other requisite tradesmen yourself, you can hire a single general contractor who farms out the work to other contractors. Using a general contractor will certainly you cost more (since they usually tack on a few dollars to their sub-contractors' prices) but it's the best way to make sure the project is done right and that you haven't lost all your hair by the time it's finished.

Finding a personable general contractor will go a long way towards making the entire construction process more enjoyable. It's important to have good communication with your contractor, since he is the conduit through which you'll make sure that the house is built the way you want it to be. Having a good rapport with your contractor means there is much less of a chance that you'll be unpleasantly surprised by something down the road.

The funny thing about building a house is that as stressful as the process is, many people wind up enjoying it so much that they eventually do it all again some time down the road. My parents built three houses over the course of their lives at an average of about one every 10 or 15 years. It's the ultimate legacy project, since you're basically creating a home that will be around for a long time even after you're gone.

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