So, you finally have all the funds, plans and permits necessary to start the so long awaited and dreamed of your london home renovation, house extension project, or even building of a new house. The final result of any building project depends on the workforce that implements your vision. Whether the project is a full or partial renovation or a new build, you have three options: hire a building contractor, individual tradesmen to carry out different project stages (and become yourself a contractor) or do-it-yourself.
Usually the last option is not considered because of lacking time, knowledge and experience. In this article I will discuss the first two options: hiring a contractor versus hiring individual tradesmen.
A building contractor is a person responsible and managing the project from the beginning till the final touches. He must have necessary knowledge, experience, resources in all project stages and must be able to plan terms, costs, manage all the tradesmen working on the site. Hiring local building company gives you these advantages:
When considering of hiring individual tradesmen, there aren’t any advantages other than saving some money. However, dealing with one person (general building contractor) greatly reduces the risk of being ripped off. On the other hand, hiring many individual tradesmen not only may result in higher project costs, but also in lower job quality. The disadvantages are obvious:
All of this creates unnecessary stress, increases the project costs and term. This is why it is always better to hire a building contractor, with necessary building experience in all building jobs and managing the whole project.