General contractors are construction professionals who organize, coordinate, and oversee construction projects from start to finish. They are typically referred to as GC’s in the construction industry. GCs’ are often hired by property and construction managers. They also help homeowners with a project that involves multiple types of tradespeople, many steps, or is very complex.
General Contractors are responsible for nearly every aspect of a construction or renovation project. They secure essential permits and hire skilled workers. They create the budget and schedule, and monitor the safety of the project. GCs’ also work to ensure that all of the necessary work goes smoothly during construction by mitigating risks, responding to changes in the schedule or other setbacks and ensuring onsite safety for staff. After all of the construction is finished, GCs’ make sure the necessary paperwork has been signed and ensure all workers have been paid.
Types of general contractors:
There are two different types of general contractors, traditional GCs’ and design-build contractors. Traditional GCs’ help to construct designs made by architects or other designers, whereas design-build contractors act as designers as well as construction experts.
Do general constructors need a license?
While there are no federal licensing requirements for GCs’, most states have their own individual local licensing laws. For example, in California, a GC must be licensed with the California Contractors State Licensing Board, gain four years of experience, and sit for exams for specific laws relating to their practice before they can call themselves a general contractor. There are no educational requirements for becoming a general contractor, but some obtain degrees in construction management or science, and other similar degrees. In California, you can verify that a GC has an active contractors license on the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board’s website.
General contractors can help homeowners renovate their house, or construction professionals looking for someone with the necessary skills to coordinate their project.