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November 5, 2018

General Contractor vs. DIY     

    Can you act as your own general contractor? Sure you can—though it's not really advisable. The general [...]

November 5, 2018

Popcorn Ceilings

     The heyday of popcorn ceilings was a thirty-year stretch of time between the late 1950s and the [...]

September 24, 2018

Thinking Green

We not only pride ourselves on producing the best quality work for your home, but we also offer our customers [...]
September 24, 2018

Can you repair rotten trim?

Low-maintenance exteriors have become the gold standard for many customers. That's why engineered alternatives to wood, like composite, have only [...]
September 24, 2018

Quartz vs. Granite

Choosing the right stone for your countertops can be challenging, especially when the difference between natural and engineered stone seems [...]
September 24, 2018

When Should You Paint the Outside of Your House?

All throughout New England, weather patterns are unpredictable. Fluctuations in temperature, wind conditions, rain patterns, and pollen count can make [...]
September 24, 2018

What Are The Benefits of Composite Decking?

While pressure-treated lumber isn't exactly on the way out (it still outstrips any competitors by a large margin), composite decking [...]
September 24, 2018

Avoiding Ice Dam Damage

Massachusetts homeowners deal with the large amount of snow and temperatures flip-flopping above and below freezing, so it’s good to [...]

    Can you act as your own general contractor? Sure you can—though it’s not really advisable. The general contractor of a large remodeling project is like the maestro of an orchestra: his job is to make sure all the parts contribute to a coherent and melodious whole. If the timing of, say, the flutes (or the electricians) is off, then the woodwinds (or the carpenters) get thrown off, too. What causes construction delays, why complications arise, how to avoid them—that’s where the expertise of a professional comes in handy: to handle and manage all the multi-component and subcontracted jobs that inevitably attend home remodeling projects.

       Managers hire personnel. That’s a big part of the job description, and it can be difficult to arrange by yourself. Subcontractors are the tradespeople like carpenters, electricians, and plumbers who are essential to the job. While a professional will likely have subcontractors on speed dial, you as a DIY contractor will have to shore those folks up on your own, and that will involve research, outreach, and vetting that can be exceptionally time-consuming.

        Outside of hiring subcontractors, the general contractor also makes large and small decisions throughout the process. The schedule, the coordination of the subcontractors, the ordering of various products—all of this is the domain of the general contractor, in addition to the critical perspective and managerial savoir-faire required by the position.

        At Tom Curren Companies, we like to coordinate everything to help limit miscommunication. That includes placing orders: we’ve found that when customers who are unfamiliar with complex items order their own products, installation complications and unexpected costs start to pop up. Our job is to make you, the client, happy. And no matter how complicated the job, we’re committed to making sure both the products and the installation are up to our standards and that the project is completed to your satisfaction.

 

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