Experience: Most builders don’t just start building homes right off the bat. They first entered into the home building industry working for a framer or some other related trade. Eventually they venture out on their own using the knowledge they gained through years of on-the-job training. The same applies to subcontractors.
Knowledge of Building Codes and Regulations: Whether we like it or not, almost everything we do is subject to regulation. Building or remodeling your home requires permits and must pass inspections. Professional builders and remodelers understand the requirements that must be met.
Established relationships with subcontractors: Like most businesses, builders have a list of preferred suppliers and subcontractors whom they trust.
Scheduling: This can be a tricky task. Builders understand the building process better than anyone and know when to schedule each step (i.e. do you install the toilet first or the flooring?). One sub cannot do their work until another has completed theirs. Having someone who understands the process can prevent delays which can be costly and frustrating.
Time: Building a new home is a full time job. Brave do-it-yourselfers can estimate spending at least 35 hours per week on a 1,500 sq. ft. home over the course of about six months.
Warranty Responsibility: Builders have the responsibility of correcting certain defects that may occur in a home in the first ten years after it is built. This also applies to homes built with the homeowner acting as the general contractor.
Occupational & Safety Health Administration (OSHA): Builders must adhere to the construction site OSHA safety requirements and must ensure their subcontractors comply as well. This responsibility is passed on to the homeowner if they choose to build their own home.
Appropriate Insurance Coverage: Builders know what their liabilities are and carry the required insurance such as Builder’s Risk, General Liability and Workman’s Compensation.