WHY SHOULD I CARE IF MY REMODELER HIRES EMPLOYEES VS. SUBCONTRACTORS / by Keith Moehle

Before you sign a remodeling contract, you should find out if the construction workers that will be working on your project are subcontractors or hired employees. This seems like an insignificant question, but the answer can be the difference between a sub-par or high-end finish to your project.

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When your contractor hires subcontractors, he doesn’t have direct control over scheduling, communication and quality control during the remodeling process.  He can’t manage people that aren't under his direct control. However, when you choose a general contractor he has better control over the outcome of your project because he is their direct boss.

Let’s look further into why the following are important!

  • Timing: There are times when your project needs to be a priority. Whether it means getting started or finishing up loose ends, or something goes wrong at the job site, and you need a professional to fix it. If your contractor works with subcontractors, he has no jurisdiction over them, so you have to wait for help because subcontractors have a number of different client job sites they are responsible for.

  • Communication: It is challenging to have excellent communication with a third party. If your contractor hires his own employees, communication can be managed better.

  • Quality Control: KM BUILDERS has a high standard when it comes to all of our projects, which would not be met if we used subcontractors. You can’t force a subcontractor to uphold your own standards which is why we have in-house employees.

Nearly every homeowner fails to ask their potential general contractor whether hired employees or subcontractors will be working on their project. But now you know how important this one question! Now you can find someone that will be genuinely invested in your project and you’ll always find that at KM BUILDERS.

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering archetictural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!