Hiring a General Contractor – How Commercial Projects Can Benefit
A general contractor, principal contractor or construction manager is in charge of the day-to-day supervision of a commercial construction project, such as managing vendors, managing trades and communication of details to all involved parties during the construction project. However, a general contractor does not oversee each and every task associated with a commercial construction project. The management of all these tasks is typically left up to the project manager, who is responsible for scheduling the time, scope and cost estimates and to manage all contract obligations. Contractors are typically responsible for providing safety, security and cleanliness at the construction site.
Although general contractors hire subcontractors, they generally retain control of all tasks except those tasks specifically mentioned in their job description. In addition, they are responsible for approving or denying the employment of sub-contractors, for overseeing construction contracts, for establishing or modifying contracts, for determining the price and purchasing materials and for supervising the work of subcontractors. General contractors also decide what, if any, subcontractors will be assigned to different phases of the construction projects.
In order to hire a general contractor, you must first be approved by the general contractor to perform certain projects. If your construction project requires specialized equipment or supplies that are not available in your area, you will need to acquire these items on your own. Therefore, you should consider obtaining a quote for all necessary supplies before you hire a general contractor. You should only hire a general contractor if you have checked references, hired and paid the required fee, reviewed project plans, seen pictures of the completed project and have carefully weighed the benefits and costs of hiring the individual versus hiring a reputable firm that already has the needed supplies. Hiring an individual can lead to unexpected expenses, delays and problems down the road.
As with other types of workers, it is important to thoroughly vet any individuals who will be performing work on your home or around your property. There are potential dangers in hiring unlicensed contractors and subcontractors. For instance, some of them may not have the proper licensing or insurance to perform the work that they are being hired to do. Other risks, such as injury or accidents on the job, are higher for workers who are not properly trained.
It is also important to remember that hiring a general contractor does not release the homeowner to the general contractor’s oversight. The general contractor will oversee the completion of the project, but the homeowner still will have final say in how everything is done. This is especially true if the general contractor already has a large sub-contractor working for them. In such cases, the general contractor can dictate what sub-contractors the homeowner will hire (e.g., non-listed subcontractors, non-certified subcontractors, etc.). However, if the homeowner agrees to let a sub-contractor hired by the general contractor to perform work on their home, they are still responsible for ensuring that subcontractors follow appropriate safety and quality control standards.
It is important to consider hiring a general contractor when renovating or building commercial projects. Though it may seem more expensive and time-consuming than doing it yourself, hiring one will help ensure a successful renovation or remodel. In addition, they will ensure that the project is completed according to local laws and regulations.