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Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

We all live our lives day to day thinking that nothing bad will happen. We never think that we will be the ones dealing with the cleanup of a house fire. Unfortunately, there are many, many families that suffer the impact of house fires each year. Last year, a close friend of mine was a victim of a house fire and since then, my life has been different. I have spent many hours researching fire prevention, causes, and teaching children about fire prevention and what to do in the case of a fire. It is my hope that my research can help those of you concerned about house fires make the necessary changes in your home and teach your kids what they need to know about fire.



Learning About Fire Prevention, Causes and Educating Kids

Four Things A General Contractor Can Help You With When Building Custom Homes

by Pedro Taylor

If you are building custom homes, you may want to have the help of a general contractor. These contractors can manage all aspects of building a custom home. They will oversee everything from the foundation to framing and finish work. They are the people that work directly with all the subcontractors to make sure the job is done right. If you want to build your own home, you want to have the help of a general contractor, but they can also help builders with project management. Here are four things that a general contractor can help with when building custom homes:

1. Work With Planning And Design Of The Home

The first stage of building a custom home is the planning of the home. In this stage, designs need to be made, budgets set and other planning done. The general contractor can help with many aspects of the planning stage, such as estimating and budgeting. They will also be able to help you with understanding costs if changes are made, and some of the options you have for features of a custom home. Working with a general contractor at this stage of the building process will make your project go a lot smoother.

2. Organize Subcontractors And Other Services

A general contractor will be able to hire and work with all the subcontractors needed to get a home built. They will have concrete, framing, insulation, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and trim and paint contractors to help build the home. The general contractor is responsible for making sure that all of these contractors know what needs to be done. They can also hire services like construction clean-up and pest control to help get the project finished.

3. Oversee Changes Made During The Construction Process

Most contractors will follow plans exactly the way they are written—when a change is made, the general contractor will oversee the changes. It is their responsibility to work with you on the cost of changes, as well as talk with subcontractors about making any changes to the plans. They will make sure that all changes meet building requirements and are done correctly. When it comes to building custom homes, making changes are just part of the job, which is why you will want the help of a general contractor.

4. Insure That All Work Is Completed At Closing

A lot things need to be done to get the final closing on a custom home. Before a final contract can be signed, small repairs and changes need to be done. It is the general contractor that will make sure that all this work is done, so you will be able to get the closing on your custom home. They will make sure that the home meets code and get all the work done to be able to close on the home. This can be small repairs that you want done, changes that a building department requires, and finish repairs and final cleaning of your home.

These are some of the ways a general contractor can help with building custom homes. If you are planning to build custom homes, contact a general contractor to get started during the planning stages of your project.