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General Contractor: What It Means And What He Or She Can Do For You

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When you hear the phrase, "general contractor" you probably think of a construction contractor that can do everything. To a certain extent, this may be true, but not always. Here is a clearer picture of what a general contractor is, and what he or she can do for you.

What a General Contractor Is

While you may think of a general contractor as a "jack of all trades and a master of none," or perhaps even a master of all construction trades, a general contractor is usually something somewhere in between. To clarify, he or she knows plenty about the construction business, often places bids for projects, secures all of the necessary supplies for projects and works with or under architects and structural engineers to accomplish their united goals. He or she may also be an expert in electrical, plumbing, construction, masonry or other building trade, but is not specifically that one type of contractor and does not perform only that one building trade. Additionally, he or she hires all of the subcontractors who will complete the work on your home or commercial building.

What He or She Can Do for You as Your General Contractor

If you are an architect or structural engineer, the general contractor will work with you to construct the building you were hired to design and create. If you are a client, then the contractor will write bid proposals for you, hire your subcontractors (those that can do the types of work that the general contractor cannot do or chooses not to do because of his or her other responsibilities) and make sure deadlines and stages of building completion are met. If you have a problem with one of the subcontractors, you take it up with the general contractor who will address the problem with the subcontractor and investigate the situation promptly. Since he or she supervises the work of all of the subcontractors, any problems or concerns should be taken directly to your general contractor.

In the event that a subcontractor's work is subpar or the subcontractor is not working out, the general contractor can fire and hire someone new in that subcontractor's place. You never have to worry about firing or hiring a subcontractor on your own because that job falls to your general contractor. When the general contractor fires someone before notifying you, he or she will generally notify you after the fact as well as to the reasons why that subcontractor was fired. Contact a construction business, such as Lehman Construction Services Inc, for more information.