Are You Hiring A General Contractor?

A “general contractor” is an element with whom the proprietor contracts straightforwardly to perform explicit work. A few or the entirety of the recorded undertakings are then contracted out to different substances (subcontractors) for execution. For a general contractor relationship to exist, there should be three gatherings: a prime, a self-employed entity, and a subcontractor recruited by the self-employed entity. The self-employed entity’s status changes to that of a general contractor when any piece of the work is subcontracted to another substance. 

On a development project, the general contractor, or GC, is the party answerable for planning and directing the everyday exercises of a development project. General contractors are employed to deal with the undertaking from commencement to consummation, giving materials, work, and hardware. 

The general contractor is usually a development organization or designer for enormous tasks, overseeing projects for various customers. If the undertaking is more modest, the general contractor might be a person. 

Most states require people functioning as general contractors to be privately authorized. Moreover, the contractor might need to acquire various licenses to deal with explicit ventures, for example, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC establishment or tasks surpassing a specific worth. Everyday responsibilities of a general contractor for a construction project include:

  • Creating and managing the construction schedule.
  • Organizing and managing the job site.
  • Hiring subcontractors and managing their quality.
  • Hiring suppliers and vendors
  • Licensing and leasing equipment
  • Providing labor and field management
  • Assisting with cleanup, safety procedures, and demolition.

On projects requiring this level of project management, the general contractor generally submits a bid or project proposal, which outlines the project’s schedule, cost, and labor details. Often, creating these proposals requires significant effort on the part of the contractor, requiring quantity and material extraction from the project specifications to develop detailed cost estimates. When making these cost estimates, the contractor considers and bills for materials, equipment rental, labor, office space, insurance costs, worker’s compensation, and time.

Always take your time and do your research when hiring a contractor. To start, look for screened general contractors in your area.

Research pre-screened candidates. Before interviewing any candidate, check each contractor’s online ratings and reviews to gauge their reputation and create a shortlist of candidates.

Research your shortlist to ensure that each professional meets statewide qualifications.

Interview each candidate over the phone and ask pertinent questions about their project and experience. Make sure you have a good feel for the contractor; you will be working with this person for many weeks.

Check references. Follow up on contacts provided during the interview.

Compare bids and quotes. Compare detailed estimates to choose the best combination of quality and value.

Consult the contract. Once you have selected a contractor, obtain a contract with him and review and sign it before work can begin. Always read the agreement carefully before signing it to make sure it contains all the necessary details.

Beware of scams. Avoid contractors who want your total payment upfront or those who do not provide detailed, project-specific proposals.