Why a good GC offers value and savings that a homeowner cannot find by themselves

Recently we replastered and repainted our own home. The 1960 concrete ceiling was intact but the paint was not. We picked out our favorite white color, White Sand from the Emerald Designer Edition Line at Sherwin Williams, and asked our painter to pick up the paint in satin, semi-gloss and flat from the local Sherwin Williams store. “Put it on my account.” I told him. Usually we ask Edgar to put the paint on his account but since this was my personal job I thought “I’ll just use my account.”

The retail price of a gallon of White Sand paint is $110. My professional account price is about $90. 

Guess how much he paid for it!

$48 a gallon or a savings of about 60%.

When people watch HGTV, they think they can do construction jobs themselves. (I recommend watching This Old House instead because it is MUCH, MUCH better and it’s real.) They also think they can save money. Architecture and construction are a discipline and a trade based upon relationships and the goodwill and credit built from them. So my painter uses a lot more paint than I do and, therefore, he gets a better price. It’s the same with my steel fabricator. His longtime clients get better pricing. Ditto for my mason. So before you push headlong into a building project solo, remember that having an experienced architect with longstanding industry relationships will generally produce better outcomes than going alone.

Emerald Designer Edition from Sherwin Williams 

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