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General contractor versus subcontractors for your project

On behalf of Kadish & Associates Law Group posted in Construction Litigation on Friday, December 13, 2019.

When you have a construction project on your home that needs to be done, one of the first decisions you have to make is whether to hire a general contractor to oversee the project or hire subcontractors to handle each facet of the job. For many people, hiring the general contractor is the easiest option, but it might not be the most budget-friendly choice.

One of the first things that you need to know is that general contractors must be licensed before they can represent themselves as such in this state. You can check the Arizona Registrar of Contractor search to verify a general contractor’s license. If someone is claiming to be a general contractor but isn’t listed on the search, that should be a red flag that stops you from working with them.

Another thing that you should remember is that general contractors usually hire subcontractors to complete jobs. If you are comfortable with having to hire multiple workers and oversee the project yourself, this might be a viable option for you.

Subcontractors only need to have licenses sometimes, such as if they are handling plumbing or electrical work. You must find out if you are hiring someone who is qualified to do the work if you choose to bypass the general contractor.

Remember, any home improvement project should be governed by a contract. This offers you, as well as the individual or company handling the project, protection. If something happens and the contract terms aren’t complied with, you do have the right to take legal action. The exact resolution method might be dictated by the contract so review it carefully.

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