The Role and Benefits of General Contractors

At Red Rock Construction, we’re proud of all the services provided by our general contractors. From commercial remodeling to building maintenance, office buildouts and even residential work, we’re here to help with any project, large or small.

One question we commonly get from clients who haven’t worked with one before: What exactly is a general contractor? Essentially, general contractors are people who help keep your entire project together from an oversight standpoint to make sure everything is done properly and on-time. Let’s go into some more detail on what general contractors do, why they’re helpful, and what you should look for when hiring one.

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Essential Duties

The general contractor for a given project will primarily be in charge of these broad areas:

  • Daily on-site management of project(s)
  • Communication with client, and then to construction team
  • Hiring and supervision of proper labor force

Additional Services

There are a number of other duties general contractors typically take on in some form or another on top of what we listed above, often including the following:

  • Organizing and implementing pre-bid site surveys for basic cost estimates and preparation.
  • Using all tools available to properly estimate final costs.
  • Assessing and ensuring compliance with local and state building guidelines and regulations.
  • Providing materials and equipment for project completion.
  • Maintaining relationships with local subcontractors, and hiring necessary contractors for the project.

Controlling Costs

One of the key benefits of working with a general contractor is the way they help you keep your costs under control. Someone working with you on a daily basis while also overseeing the projects day-to-day operations is a valuable insulator for things like quality control, deadlines and other important areas.

Contractors spend time coordinating with vendors so your materials are where they should be when you need them. They also oversee staff and hire their own labor workers, supervising this entire process with an expert eye so you don’t have to. If there are any delays, which are common during construction, the contractor will adjust the schedule and communicate to make sure everyone involved in the project is on the same page. Without a general contractor, you run the risk of being taken advantage of by subcontractors, hiring subpar labor workers, or missing important deadlines.

What to Look For

What you should be looking for in your contractor depends on the kind of project you’re having done, but qualities like communication and reliability are important regardless. If you need commercial services, a commercial contractor is someone who specializes in these kinds of projects. No matter which kind of contractor you’re interested in, be sure to inquire about proper licensing, bonding and insurance before making any hiring choices.

For more on what general contractors do and why they’re important, or to learn about any of our commercial construction or home remodeling services, speak to the staff at Red Rock Construction today.