The Importance of General Contractor Services
One of the priorities needed before a construction project will be undertaken is to hire an experienced general contractor, one who handles and oversees services in the project, such as construction, plumbing, roofing, flooring, and other related services, in order to achieve good and satisfactory results.
General contractors have a network of subcontractors working for them, that’s why most of the construction services are easily handled by them, and because these subcontractors have been working as a team for a long time, the progress of the construction project is done quickly and efficiently. And because of the scope and nature of work and services of a general contractor, the advantage of hiring one is that, as a construction investor or building owner or architect, your workload is somehow reduced with respect to the details of which a construction project normally demands.
Another advantage of hiring general contractors is that they are covered by a general liability insurance and, therefore, any accident or incurred damages on the project site are covered by the insurance. Most general contractors also have a network of suppliers who can supply almost everything that will be needed in the construction at quality standard and reasonable price and, therefore, you save a lot on material cost and time of delivery.
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The advantage of the US state law requiring licensed contractor to provide a warranty to the building owner against defects in workmanship and services is that building owners are ensured of a safe and completed building without of defects; although, each state has varying versions of this law, for instance, in the state of California, the state law requires the following: a one year expressed limited warranty for both new construction and remodeling projects; licensed contractor must provide a warranty guaranteeing that items installed under the contractor’s license is free from defective installation, such that the installation must comply with both local building codes and manufacturer installation requirements; both the contractor and engineer who signs off on a projects must provide a ten year warranty against structural defects, including latent defects, such as unstable building sites, foundation integrity, and roofing work.
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The cost of hiring a general contractor will depend on the nature and amount of work, such that a contractor cannot charge a fixed fee for every project; therefore, to determine how much cost will be incurred, here are steps to establish it: discuss with the general contractor the nature of project that will be done, the time period it will take to complete the project, number of workers required, total cost of the project and the contractor’s fee, the intervals of payment required by the contractor. Therefore, it might be a little expensive to hire a general contractor, but the advantage of hiring one far outweighs the cost, since many problems related to the construction projects that are kept at a minimum.