If you’re a contractor, you already know the answer to this; however, there’s many people out there that may not know exactly what a contractor does for a living.
In the construction industry, a contractor (organization or person) is hired to work on and complete a project – it could be residential, commercial or something else. A contractor has a certain specialty and hires other contractors (or subcontractors) to help with work that is needed for another type of skill/specialty.
When a general contractor is hired, he/she/the company finds individuals to help get the job done. They also find the right materials, tools, and equipment to complete the task. They draw up the construction contract, as well. Contractors also deal with getting permits, purchasing facilities, safety, site surveying, scheduling, payroll, waste management, and more. The general contractor is the one who works with the client and communicates with them.
Along with a general contractor, there is the construction manager who helps develop the project and initiates the construction phase of the project. The manager manages subcontractors. He/she has the most responsibilities.
A prime contractor (similar to general contractor) monitors progress, plans, manages workload, make sure safety codes are being followed, updating the project, and more.
Design-and-build contractors are in charge of designing and developing the project.
Contractors control projects, manage problems, fix problems, act fast, manage a team, delegate tasks, give updates, communicate with clients, and much more.
Whether you want to be a general contractor or a specialty contractor, you will have a lot of responsibilities and things to know. The more you know and do, the more valuable you are.
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