Should I Act as my own General Contractor?

By: Nicole Patri

When thinking about remodeling your home, a lot of homeowners wonder if they can do it themselves? Can I be my own general contractor? The answer is yes, you can be… but it’s a little more complicated than that. We recommend that you always go through a general contractor when remodeling. We have included a more in-depth analysis of what a general contractor is. We hope this helps you make the best decision for yourself and your life.

The first question you may be asking is, what does a general contractor do?

In most cases, a general contractor will work with other subcontractors to make sure that the work gets done in a timely and cost-efficient manner. General contractors have connections with warehouses, supply centers, and the best home remodeling subcontractors in your area.

General contractors will oversee your project and come with a bit of security. This security comes with knowing that a company is taking care of the moving parts of a remodel. Almar has a robust team of subcontractors we work with, as well as our field staff to help move the process along. We also work with great vendors like Cape Cod Lumber, Snow and Jones, and many more to help stock your remodel and to help make selections. Cape Cod Lumber has great designers that help with our project’s kitchen selections.

What about permits?

A general contractor also knows a great deal about building permits, zoning laws, and variances. They will help you through the process of acquiring the right documents and getting your remodel approved by the town or city. In many cases, your general contractor will have a relationship with your town’s building department and will know exactly how to get permits together in a timely fashion. To learn more about permits, check out our preview blogs.

Won’t being my own general contractor cost less money?

One of the biggest reasons people might want to take on the project themselves is for financial reasons and we completely understand that. However, we believe taking the hassle of remodeling and providing a high quality of work, as well as a warranty, is worth the cost to hire a general contractor. We will also work hard to find ways that certain costs can be minimized.

If you’re thinking about acting as your general contractor you must consider, permits, workers, and selections to say the very least. Let us do the heavy lifting while you sit back and watch us create your dream home remodel. We want you to design, dream, and we’ll build.

Call us today for your dream home renovation. Contact Almar (781-826-2577) and watch our videos.


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Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third-generation family-owned and operated company for over 60 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns, Should I Act as My Own General Contractor