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A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as tender documents). In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. The contractor will then calculate a price, also called an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with an approximate price for the project.
Contract documents include a budget, any general and special conditions, and blue prints and specifications prepared by a design professional such as an architect. In many instances the general contractor is the project engineer or project manager for construction projects.
A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.
Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing of or recycling construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records. You should always check with the State to be sure your chosen contractor is current with his license, Insurence and Bond.
Associates are a vital component of the premier association representing all facets of the home building industry. These suppliers, service providers and product manufacturers join Home Builders Association so they can expand their business contacts and support the industry’s advocacy efforts. There are myriad networking and education opportunities at the local, state and national level to help Associates spotlight the products and services they provide to builders and re-modelers, learn more about the industry and help promote a positive economic and regulatory environment for home building and related businesses.