Thursday, January 31, 2013

What Does a General Contract Do?

A general contractor provides commercial facility managers, homeowners and property owners with a single point of contact during the construction or renovation of a property. The GC, as he is known, will remain the common thread throughout the entire project.

A general contractor is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site, management of vendors and trades, and communication of information to involved parties throughout the course of a building project.

Some of the types of projects a general contractor may be of service for include:
  • Tenant build-outs are unique commercial remodeling services that require a great deal attention to the details and time management skills. Tenant build-outs are typically fast paced projects, as occupying the space is often linked with the client’s ability to create revenue. The quicker the project is completed correctly, the better it is for the tenant. Tenant build outs can occur in area malls, shopping plazas, medical offices, office centers, industrial parks, and national chain locations.
  • New construction – as the name implies, new construction is constructing a new building for a client and is a common project for a general contractor. The goal is simple, to ensure that clients receive the best possible product, on schedule, at or below estimated costs.
  • Renovations can include interior and exterior renovations. This type of project may be completed for almost any type of building be it a restaurant, hotel, apartment complex, condo, high rise, medical facility or shopping plaza. Renovations can be as simple as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or as extensive as completely updating the interior and exterior of the property including renovating the parking lot.
  • Residential construction typically goes smoother when there’s a general contractor involved. When beginning a renovation, remodel, or home-building project, the builders input and knowledge is essential to the integrity of the finished product. Going at it alone can be a costly mistake.
Starting any project, a general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents. In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. The contractor will then calculate a price, also called an estimate. The general contractor will consider the cost of materials and equipment as well as the cost of the labor to provide the owner with an approximate price for the project.

A general contractor is responsible for providing all the material, labor, equipment and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all of portions of the construction work. Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.

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