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Old 06-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I'm in the middle of remodeling my basement, but my job is becoming busier and I'm starting to run out of time (and enthusiasm) to complete the project.

Everything has been demo'd, walls are re-framed and insulated.

I would need drywall, floors, trim, minimal plumbing.

What should I be on the lookout for when getting estimates for the job? Will most contractors want to work on a per-day basis since they didn't start the job themselves from scratch?

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Old 06-06-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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The way you describe it, you're at a point that the drywaller, floor and trim guy can do their jobs start to finish. The plumber is the next guy you should call. He may need to do some work in the walls. Then interview drywallers, tapers, painters, trimmers, and floorers.

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I've actually already been working with an electrician directly. Since I had my walls ripped down to the foundation, I had the electrical service upgraded to 200 amp. He's also already done a rough-in.

Instead of working with all the different trades individually to finish up, does it make sense to have someone basically GC the rest of it. I realize I'd pay a premium for it, but maybe its worth it depending on cost?
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...does it make sense to have someone basically GC the rest of it.
It sure could.
Ask the electrician to GC it. As his permit will be open until the final and he has the most motivation (aside from yourself) to see it complete soonest.
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It sure could.
Ask the electrician to GC it. As his permit will be open until the final and he has the most motivation (aside from yourself) to see it complete soonest.
Insteresting - I didn't even know something like that is commonly done.

I know a permit was pulled for the panel (obviously). However, the electrician was not pulling anything for the rest of it. The inspector wasn't going to be coming by until the rest of the room was at least drywalled. He told the town ahead of time that all I was doing was ripping down panelling and drywalling - to them no framing redone, etc.
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Insteresting - I didn't even know something like that is commonly done.
depending on the laws and rules there...
However, the electrician was not pulling anything for the rest of it.
depending on the laws and rules there... The branch circuit lights, receptacles and other work is usually inspected as well both at rough and final.

Call him and ask. No harm in asking.
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Most legit. contractors work a job, based on an overall "project contract" (as opposed to by-the-day labor). Thus the descriptive title of what they do.

Such contractors carry insurances and in some areas, official licenses, registrations, certifications, etc.

Alternately, there are "amature handymen", and, "jacks of all trades (master of none)", and, "loosely termed, self-proclaimed contractors", that will work by the "day". Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how many horror stories, and ppor jobs we have had to correct by some individuals that fit one of the categories listed above.

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