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Old 10-18-2020, 06:36 AM
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Try Doc’s Restorations. They serve as GC and manage all subs and work.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:59 AM
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I'm getting ready to hire contractors for a complete makeover. Projects include new kitchen and two baths, floors, windows, painting in and out, new roof, plumbing and electrical updates, etc. Would you hire a general contractor to do everything? Or would you hire individual specialists - a separate roofer, separate floor company, separate window company, etc.?

I'm thinking separate contractors might give you a little more control and might be cheaper because the general contractor usually subcontracts and tacks a surcharge onto their price, understandably, to make it worth his while.
Call the Property Brothers
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:06 AM
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I'm getting ready to hire contractors for a complete makeover. Projects include new kitchen and two baths, floors, windows, painting in and out, new roof, plumbing and electrical updates, etc. Would you hire a general contractor to do everything? Or would you hire individual specialists - a separate roofer, separate floor company, separate window company, etc.?

I'm thinking separate contractors might give you a little more control and might be cheaper because the general contractor usually subcontracts and tacks a surcharge onto their price, understandably, to make it worth his while.
Probably not you want to hear, but if you're looking for "cheaper" options, doing some of your own work (especially painting and floors) is relatively easy, very rewarding and a great way to pass the time!
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:09 AM
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I can suggest an excellent general contractor for you to interview. We are in the process of doing exactly what you are talking about doing. Our project is almost complete.
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:11 AM
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We are just completing a project with a new golf cart garage, a store room and an extra closet. We used a general contractor and it's a good thing we did. The pandemic greatly complicates matters with fewer people working and materials in very short supply. My contractor tells me that before the virus he would call a plumber, electrician, etc and tell them when to appear. Now they tell him because they are so backed up. AND HE HAS PRIORITY. Most all of my materials have taken longer than "normal". Window 8 weeks. A/C delayed twice at the factory. SOD? Hard to get the type I have. And on and on it goes. It depends what you are doing of course, but I had to move gas, electric, cable and sprinklers, all of which were weeks out to schedule. With all the things I had to do myself, such as a driveway extension, flooring, and other things, it would have been very difficult to try to balance subcontractors as they need to come and go often more than once. Besides, if they are behind with contractors to whom they rely on for most of their work, what priority do you think they will give you. You can always get guarantees from them, but what good is it when they say that they can't get the materials or something else and that it's not their fault. These are not normal times.
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:46 AM
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I'm getting ready to hire contractors for a complete makeover. Projects include new kitchen and two baths, floors, windows, painting in and out, new roof, plumbing and electrical updates, etc. Would you hire a general contractor to do everything? Or would you hire individual specialists - a separate roofer, separate floor company, separate window company, etc.?

I'm thinking separate contractors might give you a little more control and might be cheaper because the general contractor usually subcontracts and tacks a surcharge onto their price, understandably, to make it worth his while.
Re: complete makeover. Contact Doc's Restoration. They do about everything and they are honest.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:00 AM
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Hire a real contractor... not a handyman turn contractor.
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Number 1, Before you think about doing anything , total up your investment for the project and add that to the amount owed on your home. Make sure the project is financially sensible. One never knows when you might have to sell. Check with your insurance agent next, a lot of home owners policies will not cover you acting as a general contractor,God forbid something happen. Unless you are a scheduling guru,, you are going to have conflicts between the trades! Don't even start until all your supplies and materials are present, Covid has reaked havoc on the supply chain. It doesn't matter how much you save if it doesn't get completed!
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I saved about $30,000 hiring separate contractors last year when I installed a new Kitchen, two baths, and new flooring. Used Best Flooring in The Villages for the new flooring, used Cabinets To Go in Orlando to replace cabinets throughout, used Home Depot for new countertops, used Kiley Plumbing, and Pikes Electric. Hired painting contract who I would not use again.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:29 AM
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T&D has equity stake by the villages simply put the Morse family owns a cut ! Their prices are too high and quality is iffy but there will always be new people and naïveté
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:33 AM
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I'm getting ready to hire contractors for a complete makeover. Projects include new kitchen and two baths, floors, windows, painting in and out, new roof, plumbing and electrical updates, etc. Would you hire a general contractor to do everything? Or would you hire individual specialists - a separate roofer, separate floor company, separate window company, etc.?

I'm thinking separate contractors might give you a little more control and might be cheaper because the general contractor usually subcontracts and tacks a surcharge onto their price, understandably, to make it worth his while.
Are you already a General Contractor? Have you spent years working with them or run a company? Do you know lots of subcontractors in the area of The Villages, including which ones do very good work and meet deadlines? Are you up to date on the latest building codes? If you can’t say yes to all of these, then hire a General Contractor. Good General Contractors DESERVE what you pay them because they have to know the codes and know when subs aren’t following them. They know which subs are good and bad. They know the building inspectors. They know how to get permits. They know how to work with their subs and schedule things.

I don’t hesitate to make repairs or do all sorts of building projects, but I wouldn’t try to do what you are talking about. I’ve done all those things in one house, but I still hired a General Contractor to take charge of a lot of it. If you try to be your own General Contractor, it will probably take twice as long and maybe cost as much in the ling run.

Also, if the house is meant to be something special instead of just being salable, consider also hiring a designer or architect to help you with the design. That can be the difference between something that is special and something that isn’t. At the lower end of the market, this may not matter very much—people may just want something cheap but in good repair. As you go up the ladder, the design adds a lot to the value and may increase your profits.
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T&D has equity stake by the villages simply put the Morse family owns a cut ! Their prices are too high and quality is iffy but there will always be new people and naïveté

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Sadly if you are a woman have a male friend or relative with you. I have experienced and heard from many many women how they were charged a lot more for the same service , the work was not done with pride( quality), and how it took much longer to get the crews to work.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:58 AM
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Had you thought about buying another house??????
For the price of the outrageous bond associated with a new house, you can probably redo everything you want and be remain in a better location.
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:12 AM
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T&D is owned solely by Tom Richardson , he started the company from scratch , they paid cash for much of there expansion to grow faster with no debt I’ve been here before he started as i , have moved through the villages I’ve known many people who have had work done and all were satisfied my home in Hacienda at Mission Hill had a slight depression that held a little water they replaced the whole walkway . They are good company treat there employees well
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