Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Diverse Functions of a General Contractor

It takes months– even years– to draft your dream home’s plan and finalize it. In order to execute what you’ve deliberated on for a long time, you need to find a general contractor to oversee and manage the construction of your home. It’s possible to be your own contractor but it’s a difficult role to play, especially when you don’t have the time to be onsite for most of the time.

How demanding can the role be? Read on to find out the responsibilities of a general contractor:

Interacts with the architect/s

Architects and general contractors usually work together to carry out your plans and visions. They can work together to schedule a feasible timetable to finish the construction on time.

Manages specialty contractors

General contractors call in sub-contractors to work on different specialties like plumbing, heating, and landscaping. They can gauge what the sub-contractors can do for you and recommend which ones are the most cost-effective for you.

Provides skilled labor

Building your home from the ground up requires expert and capable hands. General contractors normally have the right skills─ such as carpentry, brickwork, and masonry─ to handle several construction tasks and accomplish the project on time.

Sets up necessary permits and inspections

For safety and compliance, general contractors coordinate and arrange city permits before they can build anything on your property. They have intimate knowledge in applying for permits and accomplishing forms, ensuring that all processes move as smoothly as possible.

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