You will want a qualified contractor for a commercial building project like hotel construction or renovation and for major or highly technical repairs. While you don’t need a contractor for every repair, these are indications that engaging a contractor is in your best interest:
- If the project involves more than one specialist such as plumber, electrician, installer, millworker, etc. you want a contractor to coordinate subcontractors, manage timing, and inspect for completion and quality
- If project cost will be larger than one or two months of your maintenance department budget, you want a contractor because it is beyond the capacity and experience of your own crew
- If the project is large enough to require a loan or building permit you want a contractor because loans and building permits have reporting and inspection requirements that are likely to require an experienced professional
You can contract yourself, or your architect or construction manager can handle this process for you.