When considering a major home renovation many homeowners will ask friends and family for a referral or they will look to the internet for recommendations on who to invite out to their home to provide them with an estimate. The problem is, many consumers do not really know what type of remodeling contractor they need. There are essentially 3 types of San Diego home remodeling contractors. Here is a cheat sheet to help you understand what type of remodeling company you should be reaching out to:
Specialized trade contractor –
Special trade contractors may work as a subcontractor, performing only part of the work covered by a general contract, or they may work directly for the homeowner for only the trade for which they are licensed (ie: plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, etc).
General Contractor (No Employees, sometimes referred to as a remodeling contractor) –
Someone who has the ability and license to tackle a lot of different aspects of a remodel. Most of these type of general contractors are good at what they do, however they are not specialists in any aspects of the remodel. This type of general contractor might be referred to as or “jack of all trades” (although, if licensed, insured, and highly experienced, is likely more than just that). A remodeling contractor may work by himself and not carry workers compensation insurance. If he/she does have employees then the license holder is required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance. A remodeling contractor who works solo is responsible for everything related to the business including accounting, sales, gathering materials, installing materials, scheduling, warranty, so and and so forth.
General Contractor (Corporation/Organization) –
A General Contractor who is the license holder for a corporation has all the skills of the general contractor listed but will typically be hired for more complicated projects such as a home addition, kitchen remodel, exterior renovations, or custom home, and should have a higher level of sophistication and business acumen. Typically general contracting companies offer better and longer warranties. A general contracting company often hires sub-contractors or employs in-house specialized tradespeople (sometimes both!) to perform each individual trade within the remodel. This type of general contractor not only manages the schedule and the tradespeople, this contractor also has employees to assist homeowners with design, space planning, product selection, and manage product tracking and delivery.
Classic Home Improvements
Classic Home Improvements is a general contracting corporation (the general building license holder is John Crocker). The company offers services to homeowners in San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA and has a kitchen and bathroom showroom located in Escondido, CA. This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.
If you are still a little confused about what type of remodeling contractor you need for your home remodeling project, the best place to look for information is the Contractors State Licensing Board (www.cslb.ca.gov).