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Question DetailsAsked on 11/13/2014

Is it better/more cost effective to bundle home repair work?

I am in need of a variety of house repairs...small leak in roof, repair to garage ceiling drywall, installation of a bath exhaust fan, installation of additional insulation, and resurfacing of basement walls. Is it more cost effective to bundle work with a single, non-specialized company/contractor? Are there other reasons for bundling or not bundling?

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Generally, for a number of work items, using a GC can be easier as you are dealing with only one contractor for scheduling and billing and such, and by attacking several jobs at once the extra costs from fixed overhead and travel time to and from the job can be reduced. Also should (in theory) eliminate issues of conflict between different contractors working in the house at the same time and interfering with each other - not that the issue goes away, just that it beomces the GC's problem to solve, not yours and no longer a cause for additional funds request from the contractors due to delays.

If a work items requires a specialty contractor or special skills like copper panel ceilings or hardwood flooring refinishing for instance, then contracting that out individually clearly gives you more direct control over the contractor actually doing the work, because basically you do not have control over which subs the GC uses unless your contract gives you subcontractor approval rights.

For your situation these are all pretty normal, simple jobs which even a handyman with a lot of experience could normally do OK (assuming the fan is a replacement and not new installation, in which case electrician should do the wiring) - though for the roof unless the leak source is clear (missing or punctured shingles or rust through on flashing for instance) a roofer might be best for that, though if using a GC you can easily specify that certain work items must be done by a licensed specialist in that field.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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