So many times we get asked, “what is the difference between a homebuilder verses a general gontractor?” They both can accomplish the same things. Here is what I can tell you about the differences.
A homebuilder is normally a full-fledge new homebuilder only. However, they can do remodels, etc. This group normally has their own crews and will also use other sub-contractors, too. A homebuilder can be a tract or custom homebuilder. A tract homebuilder is one who normally has a set of plans, several levels of homes, and packages that you select from. They can make alterations, but it could cost you more. A custom homebuilder will sit down with you and help you design and can draw your plans for building. If you have a set of plans, you need to talk to a custom homebuilder verses using a tract builder.
A general contractor is a contractor who enters into a contract with the owner of a project for the construction of the project and who takes full responsibility for its completion, although the contractor may enter into subcontracts with others for the performance of specific parts or phases of the project. This definition was taken from a great construction glossary I found: www.homebuilding manual.com/Glossary.htm#H. This construction glossary is free to everyone, courtesy of Home Building Manual. You can buy this manual online (I have not seen it, but love their glossary).
Whether you select a homebuilder or a general contractor, they both can accomplish the same thing. Both should be able to assist you with your design, draw your plans, build the home, warranty the home, etc. If you go with a homebuilder or a general contractor, always make sure they use licensed trades, warranty all work, and check them out. Both a homebuilder and general contractor should be experienced in all aspects of building your home. In small towns, it is most common to use a general contractor, who has his certain sub-contractors they use. Normally, general contractors are more diversified in the construction field. They will do anything from new homes, remodels, special projects, and more.
So, again, whether you go with a homebuilder or a general contractor, either one can build that new home for you.
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