When building a new home, you can be your own general contractor. And save a lot! In addition to their fees, many general contractors markup labor and materials’ cost; it’s a common practice and not dishonest – they are, indeed working hard to get the job done right.
If you have the time and energy to do any of the work yourself – like hiring your own plumbing contractor – you should try. You’ll be able to pick out your own plumbing fixtures, tubs, showers and enclosures while saving money at the same time.
If you can handle buying items such as plumbing fixtures, cabinets, countertops, and flooring, ask your general contractor to take them out of his bid price. You could save 10% to 20% or more on the overall cost of the project.”
Working with Your Own Plumbing Contractor is Key
Before you rush to Home Depot to buy anything, request 2 or three plumbing contractors bid on your project. It’s important to discuss what you want and what works with the architectural design of your new home. Your plumbing contractor will not only recommend the appliances and fixtures; he or she will help you find the best prices.
Here are some plumbing tips for building your new home:
- Put the water heater and the furnace on the main floor. Make sure the water heater sits in a drain pan that is plumbed to the sanitary sewer.
- Put the water heater, water softener, furnace, sump pit, sewer ejector pit, main water shut-off valve, and sewer connection in the same area.
- Have the sump pump discharge line plumbed away from the house or to the storm sewer.
If you’re building or remodeling in Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and nearby neighborhoods, Bradbury Brothers Services wants to offer you the best pricing possible pricing as well as superior quality of workmanship. Call 281.661.4283 or request a free quote online for your next renovation or new build project.