Subcontractor Vs. Contractor: The Roles, Pros, and Cons
Hiring a professional for a repair or construction project can be quite overwhelming. There’s reliability, trustworthiness, and price to factor into your decision. However, before you can get into the details of hiring someone, you must first evaluate your needs. Will a subcontractor or a contractor get the job done?
In this blog, we’re breaking down the roles, pros, and cons of a subcontractor vs. contractor.
What is a Contractor?
A contractor can either belong to a company or work as an independent. This means they work for themselves, have their own clientele, negotiate their own deals, and must rely on their own skills and credibility. A contractor often has employees or a network of subcontractors that they work with to complete a job.
What is a Subcontractor?
Subcontractors work with contractors to negotiate deals in which their specific area of expertise is needed. However, a subcontractor can also be self-employed, which is typical for residential jobs. Plumbers, electricians, and drywallers are all examples of types of subcontractors.
Do I Need a Contractor or a Subcontractor?
Choosing between a contractor and a subcontractor depends entirely on the need of your home. Are you looking for a complete renovation or a simple repair job? You’ll want to choose a contractor for a remodel since you’ll likely need more than one type of professional. However, if it’s a specific repair, search for a subcontractor in that field.
When to Hire a Professional or Do It Yourself?
For more significant renovation projects, it’s best to work with a professional. However, for some smaller repairs, it may be possible to do it yourself. For example, a drywall repair can quickly be done without calling a subcontractor. Even better, you won’t need any wood slats, drills, or screws for this job!
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