Frequently Asked General Contractor Questions
What Is a General Contractor?
A general contractor oversees the services required to complete construction projects, this includes:
- The construction itself
- The materials needed
- The hiring of skilled workers
- The supply of machinery, tool and equipment supply
- And project management
A general contractor may offer a myriad of specific services and may also hire subcontractors to focus on specific jobs such as plumbing or electrical work. They are often considered to be the liaison between the customer and everybody working on the project.
What Does a General Contractor Do?
The general contractor serves as a liaison between the client and the individual workers. While some workers may be a part of the general contractor’s team, other workers may be subcontracted to complete specific aspects of the project. The general contractor oversees the entire project. They ensure that the construction is being conducted on schedule using the right tools and equipment, that workers are aware of the design plan, and that the client’s needs are understood.
How Does a General Contractor Prepare an Estimate?
To prepare an estimate, the general contractor will discuss the project plan directly with the client, finding out what services are needed and what materials and machinery will be used.
From there, they will take into consideration the cost of paying each worker, and how much time the project will take to complete. Once each cost is calculated accurately, the general contractor will be able to provide the client with an estimate.
Are You Insured?
Yes. All working general contractors should be.
A worksite can be a dangerous place, so airing on the side of cautions protects the worker’s safety, as well as the client’s.
Are You Licensed?
Yes. A licensed general contractor has proof that they are insured and can attain all necessary permits for a client’s project. A licensed general contractor also has the correct training to conduct services safely using the best tools and techniques.
Does My Remodeling Job Need a Permit?
Requiring a legal permit depends on the customer’s exact location and the nature of the project itself. A reliable general contracting team will always provide acquisition of permits as part of their services before the project gets underway.
At What Point in the Planning Should I Hire a General Contractor?
Hiring a general contractor should happen in the early stages of construction planning. A general contractor is a great resource to ensure that your project progresses smoothly from start to finish.
A general contractor can draw up an estimate, help you create a design and project plan, as well as organizing machinery, tools, scheduling, and specialists to complete the job.
How Do I Find Out How Much My Project Will Cost?
Many general contracting companies will provide comprehensive consultations and assessments with their clients before getting started. Once they take the time to survey the project area and find out the client’s goals, they should be able to offer a pretty accurate estimate for the entire cost of the proposed project.