Are you thinking of doing a project on your own? Are you thinking of "how to remodel your kitchen" on your own. Looking at the kitchen and thinking you can handle a kitchen renovation on your own, because you have always been and do-it-yourselfer with other tasks. One of the most important skills for any DIY person is to know when not to do the work. If you have a really big project in mind, like adding a room or a project that involves skills (and tools) outside of your knowledge, turning to professionals is a good choice. Are you looking to do a kitchen remodel maybe? Opening up a wall to give your first floor the open concept look you have been dreaming of.
Well now you are down the path of hiring a contractor and coming with that - subcontractors. Do you know what the difference is? The difference is if you hire a planner for an event are you expecting that planner to do everything for you? Is he or she going to take the pictures at the wedding? Are they going to officiate the wedding on the beach? Bake the cake? Grow the flowers?.. No. You are hiring the planner because they know the wedding/shower etc, industry better than yourself. They know where to go to get flowers at a good price, they know the DJ who does not mind being an MC, and where you can get the specific cake you need for 300+ with extras and delivered to your location. The event planner you hired is the same as the contractor you are hiring for your renovation. The people he/she knows.. electricians, plumbers, HVAC are the people they trust and have worked with many times before. They are the trusted subcontractors who are going to work with the contractor to make your dream kitchen come true.
General contractors are the visionaries. They are looking at the bigger picture. They are going to listen to your ideas and stay with you through the project until finished. The subcontractor will come and do their work, and then leave. They are there for their specialty construction role. The General Contractor is there at the beginning, during and for the finish.