What Does a General Contractor Do?

August 16, 2019

Many people will advise you to hire a general contractor to handle your home improvement or construction project. You may be wondering what a general contract does and why you should consider hiring one. Here is some information about what the role of a general contractor is and how they can help you manage and complete your projects.

General contractors over-see your entire construction project

Managing even a small home improvement project can be very daunting. First there is the demolition and removal of the materials that currently occupy the work space. Then there is the process of taking measurements and deciding on a plan to complete the new project.  After that comes locating the various construction materials, bringing them in, building the new project and cleaning up afterwards. For many people this is simply too much for them to handle on their own. A general contractor’s job is to oversee this entire process. They can plan for the entire project, find the right materials for the job and build it according to your specifications. They can also handle getting rid of all of the left over materials and debris.

General contractors pull all the required work permits

All states will require a work permit for any home improvement project. Depending on the laws of your state or county, you may also require additional or special work permits. Your general contractor understands this process and will pull all of the necessary working permits required for your individual project.

General contractors are in charge of the employees, sub-contractors and building suppliers

Depending on the scope of your project, it may require several sub-contractors or employees to work on it. Your general contractor will be in charge of hiring, managing and paying all of these people, leaving you clear of the situation. The general contractor will be the only person you pay. They will be in charge of making sure the employees, sub-contractors and building suppliers get paid. They will also handle any problems, concerns or situations that arise with these other people. This takes all of this responsibly out of your hands.

A good general contractor handles all of the aspects of your home improvement project, so you don’t have to!