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What is a general contractor?

A general contractor is a construction professional uniquely qualified to oversee a home renovation project. They’ll ensure quality, delegate to other professionals, and coordinate all the moving parts that come with complex building work. While simple home renovations can be accomplished by hiring different types of specialized contractors independently, a residential general contractor is necessary to manage more complex situations that arise during a home improvement project.

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How much does it cost to hire a general contractor?

The cost of hiring a general contractor depends on your location and the nature of your renovations. Most general contractors, do not charge by the hour; instead, they’ll work with you to agree on a flat rate for the full project, typically between 10% and 20% of the overall project costs. Negotiate with your contractor based on your needs and budget.

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Type of renovation Predictable budget
Economic <10%
Standard 10-20%
High end 25%

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Do I need a general contractor?

For a remodelling project involving only one task, hiring a general contractor may not be necessary. The hourly fees for drywall or framing contractors can be lower than a general contractor’s rate; however, these specialized contractors won’t be able to coordinate a building addition or a full bathroom renovation. General contractors charge a higher rate because they can coordinate home improvements with more moving parts, delegating to more specialized subcontractors when necessary.

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What can a general contractor do?

A general contractor sees that your home renovation construction proceeds in the most efficient and timely manner while staying safe and ensuring conformity to quality standards. They are key to realizing your vision and staying within budget.

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Frequently Asked

What is the difference between a contractor and a general contractor?2021-04-27T23:19:17-04:00

The term “contractor” refers to professionals who make contracts to complete a construction or renovation project. A general contractor oversees the entirety of these projects, hiring more specialized contractors as the need arises.

What should you look for when choosing a general contractor?2021-04-27T23:18:30-04:00

The best way to find a good contractor is to look for a licensed general contractor with many positive and honest reviews from former customers. You should have concrete proof and a gut feeling that your contractor is the best partner to enlist for your home renovation.

How much does it cost to hire a general contractor?2021-04-27T23:17:12-04:00

The cost of hiring a general contractor will vary depending on your province and the nature of your project. In Canada, general contractors typically charge between 10-20% of the overall project cost, depending on the scope of the project and their years of experience.

Is a general contractor worth it?2021-04-27T23:14:19-04:00

For a simple painting project or finishing drywall, a general contractor may be unnecessary. However, larger projects involving plumbing, electrical, framing, flooring, and painting concerns, such as constructing new additions or fully remodelling a room in your home, will almost certainly require a general contractor’s expertise.

What does a general contractor do?2021-04-27T23:13:18-04:00

A general contractor oversees a construction project, keeping your home renovation’s  big picture in mind while taking care of the small details.

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