Cost to hire sub-contractors for new home?

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Posted by: from Vancouver
8/25/2015 at 3:24:27 AM

I am looking to buy a 3049 sq ft single house in Richmond. I am thinking to be a home owner/builder and hire contractors. I would like to know how much each part would cost.

Roofing, framing, concrete/foundation, electrician, plumbing, excavation, etc.

Thank you.

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Date/Time8/25/2015 at 10:45:08 AM


Let me be blunt, don't do it. If you haven't done this type of coordination before, you are asking for a lot of trouble. There is no set cost for the trades that you are asking about. Each trade varies and it depends on number of people, experience, quality, location (from their place to your new project) and more. I would suggest hiring a house contractor who already has the trades needed to do the job. You can do it your self but be prepared for all sotrs of problems from pricing descreptencies to off the job timing issues to "no-shows" to possible legal issues. Really think about it before you do it. AND ... do the research.

Good luck,


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Date/Time8/25/2015 at 11:36:19 PM


It's a very intricate timing and balancing act. You will have to know what each trade does, and have experience doing it or having someone do it for you previously.

I would not take this challenge lightly, and judging by your question, you need a lot of help. It doesn't come cheap.

A contractor already will already know these things and other area's that you haven't even mentioned.

Entrust the job to a pro to do it right and on time, or buy a resale.

Good luck in your journey,

Paul Ambridge

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Rav in Coquitlam
Date/Time4/24/2016 at 10:44:22 AM

It can be done but be prepared to spend loads of time learning about the trades and areas where quality matters and contractors will nail you. Yes, there are bounds to be challenges around scheduling as most subs that you will hire are likely to be working independently of each other. You will need to do some running around... make a sincere effort to do plenty of shopping around. If you enjoy these challenges and certainly want to learn through experience then i don't know if there is a better way to learn. Having said that, financing sometimes becomes an issue of home owner builders .. specially for their first project. The project manager job role that you are looking to fill in is surely not for faint heart ... like anything else though, it can be done.

Good luck!

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Date/Time7/31/2017 at 5:22:05 PM

Don't do it. Once a sub trade finds out that you don't know the language of the trade you will be taken advantage of. Be prepared to spend +30% more than a professional GC..

Good luck.

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