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When it comes to contractors, there are specialist contractors and general contractors. Specialist contractors work on one or more aspects of the work. Therefore, on a home renovation or construction project, they might work on the electrical and plumbing side of things only. This compares to a general contractor who is responsible for the complete project. They oversee it and act as project manager leading the contractors to ensure everything gets completed on time.

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Here are a few of the benefits of hiring general contractors and how they work for you.

Leading from the Front

A general contractor takes control of the project. Instead of the home developer or homeowner having to deal with each individual contractor one by one and juggle different responsibilities, that’s the general contractor’s job. What they say goes and other contractors report directly to the general contractor who in turn reports to the owner of the project. The buck stops with them. They’re also legally responsible and may also bear the responsibility and risk connected to what contractors below them have done or not done on the project.

Head in the Details, Not in the Clouds

The larger the building or renovation project, the more difficult it is to manage all the aspects simultaneously. Rather than the owner of the land or the property needing to get up to speed on what every contractor does, the general contracts already knows.

They look at what supplies are needed and source the right quality for a good price to keep on budget. They’ll usually have some good contacts with preferential deals on supplies compared to what the homeowner can access alone.

Good Communicators

As a general contractor, they’re required to speak the customer’s language and not only that of the contractors. They’re the point person to the developer or homeowner. While it’s difficult to talk with many contractors, the general contractor is the public face that pulls all the relevant information together to speak informatively and accurately about how the project is going and what difficulties are being experienced.

Responsible for Recruiting Other Contractors

Hiring specialist contractors is difficult because you have the experience to know what you’re looking for exactly. This makes it hard to find the right people. A general contractor understands the different specializations and how certain contractors can help complete projects better or sooner than expected. They also know the pitfalls of making a bad hiring call. They plan and make the hires and take care of the firings too.

Less Stress

When you have a general contractor on your building project, it’s far less stressful. Taking on the project and making it their responsibility is a huge burden off your shoulders. This allows you to relax about how things are progressing and place your focus elsewhere. You’ll still receive regular updates on progress, setbacks and delivery timelines, but your mind will be clearer.

Hiring a general contractor means that you no longer must micromanage each specialist contractor that you hire. They’re the team player with construction and home renovation knowledge, plus project management skills to keep everything on-track. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.



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The world is a very big place made up of many countries and cultures. Trying to see as much of the world as possible is important in life, and part of that is planning things so that you can have those experiences and not rely on vacations to get you there. You could be very comfortable where you are with your current city and current employer, but that doesn’t mean the idea of relocation won’t cross your mind. If the opportunity to move to another country and explore a new culture falls into your lap, you have a lot of things to consider.

Moving for a job is exciting, but it doesn’t mean you won’t meet a certain number of challenges head on. You have to identify the pros and cons of what would happen when you relocate and whether you could cope with being more than a tourist. Being a visitor in another country is very different to applying for temporary visas and doing an Aadhar card download ready for working. Relocation has to be about more than the job you could move for. It has to be about the place you are going to and whether you can cope with the changes that come with embracing a new culture. So, what things should you ask yourself before you can decide whether you can make the step to relocate somewhere entirely new?


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What are the benefits? When you get offered a job abroad, you have to decide whether it would be worth more in salary, benefits and experiences before you make the leap. Are you going to be living somewhere with a better climate, making those days off more fun? These are important things you should look into before you say yes.

Will this move better your career prospects? A lot of people relocate for the cultural experiences and the chance for a different view out of the office window, but if it’s not going to give your resume a rich lift, is it really worth it? Weigh up what kind of future this role could offer you, and whether this role could help you climb the ladder better than where you are now.

Can this move make your life more enriched? Immersion into a new culture and living like a local can give you a different perspective on the area you have agreed to take a job in. If this new place can give your life more meaning and give you enriched experiences that you will never be able to get again, then it can feel like a no-brainer!

Will this change your life? We all go into different experiences with the goal that we can do something better in our lives, and if this role is going to elevate the life you already have then surely this experience is going to be worth the change?

Life is all about embracing new places, new people and new cultures and if you can get the chance to move and work abroad, you should grab it with both hands. If it doesn’t work out, you can always come home!