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Old 12-27-2018, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hiring Contractor For Personal Home... Tell Them You're A General Contractor, Too?


When you hire a contractor to do work on your own personal home, in a field outside of your expertise (whether it be landscaping, patio install, remodeling, finish carpentry, etc.), do you tell them you're a contractor/GC as well? Would they like that, hate that, charge you more, not want the job, etc.?

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Old 12-27-2018, 10:30 AM   #2
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When I have hired stuff out for my home it was either someone I had worked with or gotten a referral for. Have always let them know "hey truck ass gc gave me your name..I work with him also"

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When you hire a contractor to do work on your own personal home, in a field outside of your expertise (whether it be landscaping, patio install, remodeling, finish carpentry, etc.), do you tell them you're a contractor/GC as well? Would they like that, hate that, charge you more, not want the job, etc.?

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Anyone I would hire to work on my own home already knows I'm a builder. They probably with me on a regular basis.
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[QUOTE=TxElectrician;7441231 "hey truck ass gc gave me your name..I work with him also"

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On another note, what difference would it make? I don't see telling somebody out of the blue that I am a contractor if I hired them to work on something. I have a place that I pay for maintenance taxes and insurance on in Rockport I, in about a mile off the coast. I hired a concrete contractor to pour a sidewalk for my in-laws. Never came up in conversation , when they finished I did give the contractor $100 tip and his son a 50. They did an awesome job cleaned up and even blew off the porch and driveway with the blower. Told them I knew what good work looks like and that is good work.
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Most of the time guys who work on my place are subs.

I did have a plumber up the ranch yesterday. WH was under warranty, so they replaced it.

Kinda weird not doing it myself.

I ended up talking to him about some work I need to get done on a different project, so I guess he knows now.
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Don't tell him, he may think contractors are rich.

Seriously, you're offering information he doesn't need, so that is just opening up the question of why.
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I agree that volunteering that information is unnecessary.

Having said that, all else being equal, in most cases I'd prefer to do work for a contractor. He gets it, knows what it takes to stay in business, and probably won't be wishy-washy in his decisions like Suzy Sixpack.
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Its always been existing subs that I have hired. If it wasn't I wouldn't go out of my way to tell them but I don't think it would be that hard for them to figure out. If it never came up, so be it.
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Whomever I hire I drill pretty good on the scope, they understand real quick Im in the trades. And I know real quick if they have a good grasp on what they are doing. At that point its probably a plus on both sides for knowing what the deal work wise and reasonable cost.

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