Finding a general contractor is not always an easy task. Contractors are responsible for all aspects of construction projects, from demolition to finishing touches. They have the know-how and resources to get the job done right.
A general contractor can be anyone who provides these services, but they’re also typically licensed professionals with years of experience in their field. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about a general contractor.
What is a General Contractor?
A general contractor is a person or company that has the knowledge and authority to manage all aspects of construction. They’re in charge of hiring and managing subcontractors, making sure they meet deadlines, getting materials on time, and ensuring workmanship meets certain standards.
What Does A General Contractor Do?
A general contractor has extensive knowledge of construction management. They know about building codes, laws, and safety standards; they also have the tools to keep large projects organized.
General contractors are ultimately responsible for all aspects of a project from start to finish. This includes obtaining permits and ensuring that subcontractors meet deadlines before starting work on their own part of the project.
General contractors ensure quality control throughout every aspect of the job by inspecting material deliveries, verifying payment schedules with each subcontractor or vendor involved in the project, attending meetings between architects/designers or other consultants working on-site during construction.
This also includes coordinating activities among multiple crews at different stages of construction simultaneously so as not to interfere with one another’s progress while finishing up their respective tasks within specific projects.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a General Contractor?
Hiring a general contractor is not cheap, but it’s often worth the money. You can expect to pay anywhere from five to ten percent of your project’s construction cost once you have selected your GC.
What are The Different Types Of General Contractors?
Different states may recognize different types of general contractors depending on their own set of laws and regulations regarding contracting work in that state or province.
However, there are three main categories under which most general contractors fall into, such as: single-trade services (contracting), multi-trade services (management), and “all trades” (general).
A Single Trade Services General Contractor will typically only provide one specific trade service such as roof installation while offering no management for other subcontractors involved with the project.
A Multi-Trade Services General Contractor offers management, coordination, and oversight for all trades involved in the construction process while also providing their own trade services such as electrical or plumbing installation (multi-trade).
They will not offer any type of contracting work on their own outside of what is required by law to be licensed.
An “All Trades” General Contractor provides general contracting, multi-trade contract administration/management, and typically only one particular trade service such as electrical or mechanical installations offering no management capabilities at all.
Instead, they’ll focus solely on providing a single-specialty skill set during the entirety of the project from start to finish.
Ready to Hire a General Contractor?
As you can see, a general contractor can provide immense value to any construction project. To learn more about this subject, continue reading this blog for more helpful articles.