If you were building a new home, it goes without saying that you would hire a general contractor to coordinate the work of the many tradespeople who would be involved and make sure the process worked seamlessly. When your project is a smaller one, you might plan to do it yourself or hire the appropriate tradespeople directly, but depending on the project, it might be wise to consider getting a general contractor who specializes in smaller jobs. If your project will involve hiring people from two or more different trades, a contractor could simplify things by hiring people he has worked with before and has confidence in, and he can ensure that everyone is on the same page in terms of who will do what and how the process will go. This is particularly important for homeowners who have little or no expertise in home repair. A contractor speaks the language of plumbers, electricians, dry wallers, carpenters and others, which can significantly speed up the process. Although it is still important to stay on top of the project at all times, hiring a general contractor to oversee smaller home improvement projects can save time and money in the long run.