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What is a General Contractor?

A General Contractor is a trained, licensed and bonded construction manager and is capable of building and managing all levels of construction, from large commercial projects to residential homes.

Responsible for the overall coordination of a project, General Contractors may also act as building designer and foreman (a tradesman in charge of a crew.

A General Contractor evaluates the project-specific bid or proposal and will submit a fixed price proposal or bid, cost-plus price or an estimate. The General Contractor considers the cost of overhead, general conditions, materials, and equipment, as well as the cost of labor, to provide the client with the best price  possible for the project.

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A General Contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. A General Contractor often hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work. When using subcontractors, the General Contractor is responsible for overseeing the quality of all work performed by any and all of the workers and subcontractors.

A General Contractor's responsibilities may include applying for building permits, advising the person they are hired by, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records. A General Contractor usually works with or upon the advice of the project's architect or engineer.

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