General contractors (GCs’) are professionals who oversee construction projects. GCs’ are often hired by property and construction managers to organize and coordinate large projects. They also help homeowners with projects that involve multiple types of tradespeople, many steps, or that are very complex.

General Contractors are in charge of almost almost every part of a construction or renovation project. They secure essential permits and hire skilled workers, create the budget and schedule, and monitor the safety of the project. GCs’ also mitigate risks, respond to changes in the schedule, and ensure onsite safety for staff. After construction is complete, GCs’ make sure that the necessary paperwork has been signed and that all workers are 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. 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, to call yourself a General Contractor, you must be licensed by the California Contractors State Licensing Board, gain four years of experience, and sit for exams for specific laws relating to their practice. There are no specific education requirements for becoming a GC, but it can be helpful to get a degree. Some choose to get a degree in construction management, construction science, or other similar degrees. In California, you can verify that a GC has an active contractor’s 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.


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