What does a general contractor do?
A general contractor is responsible for the everyday supervision and management of a construction project. For instance, a basic start to finish building consists of more than 15 different areas, in which would be impossible for any one person to cover. It would be the general contractor’s responsibility to appoint the sub-contractors to fulfill his/her areas of specialty. Do you ever think about a foundation being placed too much in the sidewalk or to the neighbor’s line? Or simply a plumber drilling or cutting a hole where they are not supposed to? Prior to building official’s inspections, it is the general contractor’s job to make sure all zoning and building codes are met.
Why do I need a general contractor?
Five reasons to always hire a general contractor for your construction project. (1) Experience: most general contractor certainly will have years of experience in the general building and remodeling process. Every day construction management can carry a lot of complex, and which the GC will have the experience to work that out. When and how to get the job done is very important, for example, after a foundation wall has been poured, the sub-floor should be fully installed before backfilling, failure to follow such step could cause the entire foundation to collapse. Almost all home owners who try doing it themselves get frustrated and decide to seek professional help at some point.
(2) Employment: In this day in age it takes several fulltime employees and specialty sub-contractors to pull off most construction projects. Most general contractors will have a team of people together to get the job done. A typical new construction or rehab project will most likely take anywhere from 6 to 9 months, and will require days of onsite work by the project manager. Doing it yourself will require finding qualified subcontractors and employees.
(2) Liability insurance: In most jurisdictions, a general contractor is not only required to obtain a license but must also carry minimum workers comp and general liability policies. This will guarantee protection for the employees and the building in case of a fire. When you act as your own GC, you will need a builder’s risk or fire policy coverage. Do you ever think about who would be responsible if an employee should get injured on the job? In the state of Massachusetts, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all subcontractors and employees are covered with minimum workers comp policy.
(3) Supervision: it is the code of Massachusetts’ regulation, to supervise all employees on a construction site always. Building or remodeling a house will be a fulltime job. If your everyday employment permits you to have relaxation time, think about working as a general contractor, since it can take up to 6 to 9 months of fulltime supervision. Even if you have noteworthy aptitude in your field, general contractors are knowledgeable in the everyday movements of the construction project. For instance, a GC will know how to discover qualified subcontractors, guarantee that they show up at the ideal time, and organize things appropriately. With access to the right materials, he or she will then regulate their work.
(4) Building codes and regulation: It is a general contractor’s responsibility to submit building permit applications and schedule inspections at the right times. All new construction consists of rough and final plumbing, electrical, HVAC and a minimum of 4 building inspections. Failure to call for an inspection at the required time can cause removal of completed work. Do you ever think of what building inspections consists of? It is a building official’s job to make sure all state and local codes are followed. If you don’t have the experience in these areas, it will save you to hire a general contractor to direct the construction development.
(5) Time and money: Working with a general contractor will save time and money. If you should add up the first four reasons why to always work with a GC, that will leave you with extra funds to furnish your new home or business. When you hire a general contractor, you also obtain access to a network of information and resources. Professional builders generally have an established relationship with reliable subcontractors and material distributors. Not doing it your self will allow you to set a solid budget and stay worry free throughout the construction process.