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Whether you're renovating your home or building one from scratch, it can be a costly endeavor. Before you begin your project, it's important to understand your options in order to ensure you get what you're looking for. One among hundreds of questions which will be coming to your mind at this point of time is should I hire a general contractor or a custom home builder? When choosing between the two, it is important to understand the differences so that you can successfully move forward with a build that works for you.

What is a general contractor?

A general contractor is similar to a head coach for a basketball team, or a general manager for a baseball team. He orchestrates and scouts talented contractors for his team of subcontractors. The GC is the leader who organizes different resources for construction or renovations for your house. They are not considered a specialist in home construction or improvement, but instead, hire different experts for each stage of the project. A GC will bill on top of each subcontracted job which is where their profit comes from.

What is a builder?

A builder completes the whole housing project on their own with their crew. Their team has a diverse skill set and are capable of completing various tasks within the home construction process. This approach can also be considered positive as the team personally connects with the project from start to finish. A builder will usually bill their client as either a whole project or on a material and timely basis. Despite builders being experienced in construction phases of home building, technical jobs like electrical, plumbing, heating jobs are subcontracted to licensed professionals. So a builder also works as a contractor at certain stages - just in a smaller capacity than a GC.

How to choose?

Understanding the difference between the two is the first step - now, it's time to choose the best option for you. It all depends on your end goals and your overall vision for your home. If you want a specialized and personal project execution, a home builder is your best option. They are well versed in the construction of a house, including foundations, roofing, walls, etc.

A builder is present at all phases of the project; from plan development to handling the overall project, and they will guide you through the entire process. On the contrary, a GC comes in at the point of construction of the home, meaning you must have your plans set and ready yourself.

A home builder is more flexible than a GC. As most of the work is conducted themselves with their team, a builder has the capacity to make additions or modifications as needed. Any change with a GC is susceptible to a revised cost above the agreed rate.

The advantage of a GC is that you are likely to receive a quicker service, whereas home builders tend to take their time to execute the desired plan in order to ensure high quality for your project.

The differences between the two are narrowing and they do overlap. If you want a company that will put your vision first, before the job, consider home builders Holland Homes for your next project. We are with you every step of the way and guarantee the best service possible, so you and your family feel comfortable in your dream home.

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