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February
2016

Overview of the Contracting Process

posted in Renovation Tips

Overview of the Contracting ProcessHiring a contractor for your renovation and aren’t sure how the process works and what it actually means to hire a contractor? Thankfully, we’re going to clear up some of the fog and confusion regarding renovation contractors and who they work with. So with this being said, here’s a look at renovation contractors and who they work for.

What Is A Contract?

A contract is a binding agreement between two (or more) parties in regards to a job being performed. For example, “signing the dotted line” is in reference to an individual/entity legally staking their name to a service.

What Is A Contractor?

Provided the information above, the contractor is the party/individual who is filling the demands of the contract. Whether it be a lawn care service attending to a garden or a plumbing service fixing piping in a home, these services are provided by contractors. Once the contractor binds his/her name to the job performed in the contract, you sign the paperwork as well to the agreed service.

When it comes to business with a contractor, they genuinely want the customer to be happy with the end results and to meet their needs stated in the contract. Unfortunately, contractors have good and bad experiences in their field of work. This is why contractors require paperwork so that both parties are satisfied regarding the job performed if a dispute happens to arise.

Types of Contractors

Two common types of renovation contractors that you may find yourself dealing with are general contractors and subcontractors. A general contractor is in charge of overseeing a project to make sure it goes smoothly. General contractors are oftentimes not the person actually doing the labor, but they oversee the labour process and make sure that the client is satisfied with the work being performed. A subcontractor is hired by the general contractor to perform the given tasks set in the contract. Subcontractors specialize in a certain area of expertise so that their job is performed efficiently. Given the task at hand, a large electrical job may require multiple subcontractors performing the same task so the job can be performed to suit the client’s needs. You can read more about the differences between general contractors and subcontractors on our recent blog post.

Considering the information above, hiring a renovation contractor isn’t as complex as it may seem on your end. As contractors work to specifically meet your needs, the binding paperwork exists to cover the job for all parties involved.