Posted on April 8th 2013
I think that it is important for you, the home owner, to have a clear understanding of what is the a general contractor, his responsibilities in delivering the results you are looking for. I thought to write it for you with my own words but then I read in Wikipedia about the definition of the role of the general contractor in Los Angeles and I just loved what I read and I would like to share it with you.
Here we go:
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 blueprints 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 (such as 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 or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.”
So you see, the role of the general contractor in Los Angeles is important and choosing the wrong one will results in paying higher price to fix it.