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Small specialized jobs, or larger all inclusive job?

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Posted by: from Toronto
12/14/2007 at 11:46:15 AM

Hi all,

Wife and I recently took possession of a 19 year old condo townhouse in dowtown Toronto.

We have a number of projects we are looking at, which range from small electrical and plumbing jobs, to larger jobs like bathroom makeovers, redoing/new lighting.

My question is would it be better to hire for each job (i.e. electrician for the lights), or to hire a general contractor for the full laundry list of jobs?

Interested to hear your thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

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Date/Time12/21/2007 at 3:30:24 PM

Hi Sean,

The best choice, is the choice that is best for you. Do you have a GC that you've used before or someone that has been recommended? That is a good place to start. Have them come in to see what has to be done and give you an estimate. When you hire a GC they will manage your projects from beginning to end. A GC may see the big picture better than you are able to and will schedule each activitiy in the proper sequence. On the other hand you may have the experience to be your own project manager and sub out each activity on it's own. As it sounds like you're really not sure which way to go I suggest that you start with have a few estimates from GC's to give you a better understanding of the overall project.

Good luck

Mary Dancey

Certified Member of CDECA

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Date/Time12/21/2007 at 8:08:33 PM

As a general contractor myself I totally agree With Having a trusted general come in and look at the job at hand. as generals we have these trades at our disposal and can mediate the jobs at hand in the manner needed. he knows exactly what each job will entail my advice is to shop around find a respected general or hire a white hat to over see the project it cost a little more but better a little now or a lot later, if they do not mention permits send them packing

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Date/Time12/22/2007 at 12:57:11 AM

If you don't mind spending a little more money, a general would be your best bet. A good general should be able to take care of everything and leave you woth no worries. The downside is if you hire a bad general, it could cost you way more in the long run.

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