A general contractor’s duties include:
- Getting the proper permits to ensure that all work complies with local laws and regulations
- Providing the necessary materials, equipment, and labor for projects
- Estimating costs, controlling project expenses, and managing timelines
- Hiring and overseeing the work of subcontractors with specialized skills
- Monitoring conditions and practices on the worksite to keep everyone safe
- Maintaining worker’s comp and liability insurance
- Keeping the work site secure at all times and organizing the removal of trash and debris
- Ensuring that necessary inspections are completed<
Not only do GCs have a lot to do but they also have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. In fact, they assume responsibility for just about anything that might go wrong on a project. Everything from noncompliance with building codes to property damages and worker injuries. Simply put, if something goes south, it’s the GC’s job to resolve it.
Both by managing projects and handling any issues that arise, general contractors save time and stress for homeowners—and also for real estate agents who are helping their clients prepare their homes to sell.
Beyond their job duties as a project manager, what can general contractors do? GCs can provide services for a variety of project types. Let’s take a look at some.