Pros and Cons: Assessing the 3 Types of Remodeling Contractors

Pros and Cons Assessing the 3 Types of Remodeling Contractors Sebring Services

Which of the Remodeling Contractors Would You Trust With Your Renovation Project?

When it’s time to remodel or renovate any space in your home, one of the first steps you’ll need to take is to find a reputable contractor to carry out the work for you. When it comes to choosing a remodeling contractor, there’s so much to keep in mind to ensure that the job is done correctly and in a timely manner.

Generally speaking, there are three main types of remodeling contractors for home renovation projects. Read on to explore some of the pros and cons of the three types of remodeling contractors.

1. Single Guys in Pick-Up Trucks

The “Pick-up Truck” contractor is the guy that runs his business with the least amount of overhead usually utilizing a home office or working right out of their truck.  (This is where the nickname comes from.) These guys make up approximately 85% of the industry, so there’s a good chance that you’ll stumble across several of these remodeling contractors in your search regardless of the type of remodel work you’re looking to have done. These guys tend to be the “Jack of All Trades”.  Familiar with all aspects of the project but not an expert in any one particular field.

Let’s start by looking at the potential advantages of working with this type of contractor. For starters, since these are the guys who tend to be just starting out in the industry, they’re usually among the least expensive options available. This person will wear several hats.  He will be your salesman, designer and the worker performing the majority of the work. When working with a smaller business, you can usually enjoy more personalized attention so reaching him for questions or concerns should be relatively easy.

On the other hand, when people work with this type of contractor, they don’t realize the big risk they are taking.  First, because he is doing the majority of the work himself, he is likely not pulling the appropriate permits or using licensed remodeling contractors which is how he is able to offer you a more competitive price.  You’re generally getting lower-quality materials for your project and since your contractor is likely just starting out or has little experience in the industry, there’s always a chance that your home improvement project could be botched or not done to code.

Secondly, what if something happens to him?  Since the “Pick-up Truck” contractor usually has no employees, what if he has a job site accident or a personal problem, like a divorce?  This can have a dramatic effect on your project including lost time and money!

Finally, with such a small business, there’s a greater risk of the company going under and you don’t want that to happen in the middle of your project.

Pros and Cons Assessing the 3 Types of Remodeling Contractors Sebring Services2. Mid-Size General Contractor

When you work with a mid-size contracting business, you’re generally dealing with remodeling contractors who are a little more professional and have more experience in the field. These companies make up about 10% of the industry. Typically, they’ll have their own small shop, a few employees, and some company vehicles. Still reasonably priced, these remodeling contractors are a popular option among budget-conscious homeowners who want a fair balance between cost and value. The quality of the materials and workmanship tend to be better.  Since they have a few employees, it can be less of a risk of your project being affected if something were to happen to the owner.

On the other hand, these mid-size companies still don’t have their own showroom and tend to have a smaller selection, which leaves homeowners having to do their own planning and research based on what’s available to them. Delays are also more common with this type of a company, as it’s easy for these remodeling contractors to get in over their heads with multiple projects.

3. Design/Build Contractor with a Showroom

Last but certainly not least, there’s the design/build remodeling contractors which make up about the top 5% of the residential remodeling industry. Generally, this option comes with an experienced, knowledgeable, design staff in touch with the latest trends. They have a showroom with a more diverse selection of materials, profiles, designs, etc. to meet your budget and an experienced production team well versed with your governing municipality to manage your project. They also tend to be the most reliable in terms of quality workmanship, completing the project on time and per City code.

On the other hand, these design/build remodeling contractors also tend to be the most expensive option depending on the size of their showroom, marketing budget and other items that contribute to overhead.  Still for those who want higher-end materials and don’t mind spending a little more for a guaranteed end result, taking the time to find a reputable industry design-build contractor is probably the best option. Choosing this option will give you the peace of mind knowing the job will be done correctly and that you will have a team working along side of you every step of the way.

Interested in completing an improvement project or remodel at your home? Feel free to contact us today to set up your consultation or download our free e-book, “Remodeling 101” today!

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  1. Sam Fisher January 5, 2016 at 12:48 am

    It’s funny that the three types you listed here are pretty much everyone in the remodeling world. Depending on your budget and type or renovation will decide on who you go with. For me, I’d probably go with the second or third one.

  2. Hubert Wechsler January 28, 2016 at 4:00 am

    When someone writes a paragraph and he retains the thought of a user in his mind, so that’s why this post is perfect. Thanks!

  3. Brian January 28, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Bookmarked! I really like your website!

  4. Kody Loveless October 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I would imagine that it takes a lot of skill to be a contractor, regardless of the size of the business. I like the idea of going with the contractor that has the most experience. My wife and I are going to get a garage built onto our house. It will be nice to have a place to park our cars during the winter.

  5. Jade Brunet May 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I did not know that there were different types of remodeling contractors. It is good to know that a building contractors take care of planning and research. It would be good to receive three bids before settling with a contractor to ensure you find someone who is adequately qualified.

  6. Simon Richards September 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We’re just graduating from the first to the second, it now feels more secure than when it was just me and my 2 offsiders.

  7. Fixit Rate December 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for laying the Pros and Cons out for us to see.

  8. Derek Dewitt December 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    My wife and I are wanting to remodel our kitchen soon, so this guide on remodeling contractors was really helpful. I like that you mention how a design contractor with a showroom also has a design staff who is in touch with the latest trends. This sounds like a great way to get advice on our design and find the right materials that are within our budget. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Cameron Bennett January 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    There are definitely pros and cons to each type of contractor, so it’s important to know what your needs are for your project. It’s worth taking the time to do your research to see who is a good fit for you. It’s also helpful to ask around to get recommendations to find a good contractor to get the job done right.

  10. Sharon Wilson-Smith December 21, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I like that you said that mid-size general contractors will work for homeowners who are very conscious of their budget while balancing the value of the service that they will get. This is helpful for me because I’m planning to have our kitchen remodeled. My goal is to find a kitchen remodeling contractor that I can afford because I have a lot of bills that I need to settle. I don’t want to ruin my budget, so I will find a mid-size kitchen remodeling company that I can afford.

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