General Contractor Information
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A general contractor is considered to be an individual who is responsible and in charge for providing all of the material, labor, equipment, and services that may be important for the construction of your home or business projects. A general contractor will usually hire subcontractors who specialize in certain arenas of a construction project to complete or execute all or a portion of any construction work. All states in the United States require that people who are wanting to be a general contractor must pass a written exam on the general construction laws and practices before they can obtain a license to work. A general contractor will usually be the one who seeks out the work and submits the construction bids. Once the contract is signed, a general contractor will oversee all phases of a construction project and ultimately is the one directly responsible for any issues that may arise during construction.
Hiring the right general contractor can sometimes be a difficult task especially when there are so many choices to consider. There are a few things that you should consider when you are looking to hire a general contractor. First, talk to your family or friends about any recommendations that they may have and you may also want to check with the National Association for the Remodeling Industry, your local Better Business Bureau, and your state’s consumer protection agency. Secondly, meet with three or four contractors to gather estimates and to discuss your your project at length. A general contractor should be able to answer all of your questions to your satisfaction and to further put you at ease. Thirdly, do some investigating of the general contractors on your list. Talk to former clients or visit a current job site to see how the general contractor’s job turned out or is going. Next, once you have chosen a general contractor, set up a payment schedule. For larger projects, you can usually start with a 10 percent down at contract signing, then three payments of 25 percent evenly spaced throughout the project and finally a payment for the final 15 percent when the project is finished. Lastly, put it in writing with a contract that stipulates the payment schedule, proof of liability and worker’s compensation payments, a start date and projected completion date, the specific materials and products that are going to be used and a requirement that the general contractor and subcontractors obtain lien releases in case the general contractor doesn’t pay the bills which will further protect you in the long run. Contact R&R Environmental Services to see how our general contractor services can help with your next construction project.