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Working With A GC

[A Step-By-Step Guide]

Most of the time, construction projects head south because of the lack of communication. Both homeowner and general contractor need to remember

that they need each other. A great partnership between the two can result

in a beautiful home with which everyone can be happy!

What Does A General Contractor (GC) Do?

If you are planning a construction project, whether it’s a new home, an addition to an existing home, or a commercial building, you will need to hire a GC. They can make your construction project run smoothly and save you time and money. A GC is a professional who is responsible for the overall coordination of a construction project. He or she works with subcontractors to get the job done and manages all aspects of the project, from start to finish.

The duties of a general contractor include:

  • Meeting with the client to discuss the project and develop a plan
  • Getting all the necessary permits and approvals
  • Hiring and managing subcontractors
  • Making sure that the work is completed on time and within budget
  • Coordinating the delivery of materials and equipment
  • Keeping the client updated on the progress of the project
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Finding the right GC

When embarking on a construction project, it is important to choose a established, qualified, and experienced GC. The right general contractor will be an invaluable partner, helping to ensure the success of your project. In this article, I will provide tips on how to select and work with a general contractor. I’ll also offer advice on avoiding common pitfalls and getting the most out of your relationship with your general contractor. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your construction project is a success.

4 Key factors to consider When Choosing A GC

Choosing the right GC is a critical step in any construction project. The GC you select will be responsible for managing all aspects of the project, from hiring and coordinating subcontractors to ordering materials and overseeing progress.


Make sure the contractor you select has experience and expertise with projects similar to yours in scope and size. Ask for references and check them carefully.


The contractor should be properly licensed and insured (including liability insurance). They should also have a good reputation with local suppliers and tradespeople.


Good communication is essential for a successful construction project. Make sure the contractor you choose is somebody you feel comfortable communicating with on a regular basis.

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3 tips for a drama-free project

Once you’ve selected a contractor, there are a few things you can do to help ensure the project goes smoothly:

I. Be Involved

Stay involved with the project, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more you know about what’s going on, the better able you will be to spot potential problems.

II. Be Realistic

Don’t expect the impossible from your contractor. If you have unrealistic expectations, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

III. Communicate

As I mentioned before, communication is key. If something isn’t going the way you want it to, don’t hesitate to speak up. The sooner you voice your concerns, the sooner they can be addressed.

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Why it is important to choose a qualified gC

A GC is a professional who is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of a construction site, coordination of trades and vendors, and the communication of information between all parties involved in a project. As the main point of contact between the owner and the construction team, it is important to choose a good contractor that you feel comfortable working with and who has the experience and knowledge to complete your project successfully.

General contractor role

It is also important to have a clear understanding of the GC’s role in the construction process. They will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the construction project, including ordering materials, scheduling workers, and ensuring that the work is completed according to the specifications. The GC will also be responsible for obtaining the necessary permits and inspections from the local authorities.

Be sure to ask the GC for a detailed estimate of all costs associated with the project, including materials, labor, and any other fees. Once you have a clear understanding of the GC’s role and their fees, you can begin to negotiate the terms of the contract. It is important to have a written agreement that outlines the scope of work, the GC’s fees, and any other relevant details. This will help to avoid any misunderstandings or disputes down the road.


It is a big responsibility to plan a construction project, and working with a GC can be a great way to get the job done on time and on budget. Many general contractors are experienced professionals who can help to coordinate all aspects of the project, from ordering materials to hiring subcontractors. Here are questions to ask a GC:

34 Crucial Questions To Ask Before Hiring Your GC

  1. What is your experience in the construction industry?
  2. What types of projects have you completed?
  3. Which ones were your major projects?
  4. Do you have a portfolio of your previous work?
  5. Do you have a list of references that I can contact?
  6. What are your procedures for resolving conflicts?
  7. Do you have insurance and bonding coverage?
  8. How do you deal with permits and the Building Department?
  9. How did you handle the inspections?
  10. Do you have any employees or subcontractors?
  11. What are their qualifications?
  12. Who will oversee my project?
  13. Who will be my contact person?
  14. My job site will have a full-time project manager for the entire project?
  15. What type of security do you have at the job site?
  16. Are you provide updates weekly?
  17. What is the time frame for this project?
  18. Who is responsible for the project materials?
  19. Project costs, how much do you charge for Sq Ft of construction?
  20. How do you protect clients from cost overruns?
  21. How is your payment schedule?
  22. When do I have to pay the down payment?
  23. What are your payment terms?
  24. When I’ll pay the final payment?
  25. How is your project schedule?
  26. What is your potential start date?
  27. How do you handle the schedule and budget changes?
  28. What is your policy on change orders?
  29. How many weeks/months do you think my project will take?
  30. What are the potential challenges that could arise during this project?
  31. How will you communicate with me during the project?
  32. What is your cancellation policy?
  33. What additional services did you offer?
  34. Do you have anything else to add that I haven’t asked about?

Common pitfalls to avoid when you’re working with a gC

There are a few common pitfalls to avoid when working with a GC. One is failing to clearly communicate your expectations. Be sure to discuss your budget, timeline, and project goals in detail with your GC before work begins. Another pitfall is not staying involved in the construction process. Even if you have a busy schedule, it’s important to check in on the progress of the project regularly.

Working with a qualified and licensed contractor can make the construction process much smoother and less stressful. Be sure to do your research and select a GC with experience managing similar projects. And stay involved throughout the construction process to ensure that your project stays on track. General Contractors oversee every aspect of your project, from site preparation to house delivery.

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getting the most out of your relationship with your GC

A good working relationship with your general contractor is essential to the success of your construction project. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your relationship:

Be Upfront and Honest.

One of the most important aspects of any relationship is communication. This is especially true when it comes to working with a GC. It is important that you be upfront and honest with your GC about your needs and expectations. If there are any problems or issues, be sure to communicate these to your GC as soon as possible.

Define the Scope of Work.

It is important that you and your GC agree on the scope of work for your project. This will help to avoid any misunderstandings or disagreements down the road. Be sure to discuss all aspects of the project in detail with your GC, including a timeline for completion.

Get Everything in Writing.

Make sure that you get everything in writing from your GC. This includes the scope of work, timelines, payment schedule, and anything else that you have discussed. Having everything in writing will help to protect you and your interests throughout the duration of the project.

Stay Involved.

Even though you have hired a GC to manage your construction project, it is still important that you stay involved and informed throughout the process. Be sure to attend meetings, ask questions, and provide input when necessary. This will help to ensure that the project is completed according to your vision. Be sure to attend meetings, ask questions, and provide input when necessary. This will help to ensure that the project is completed according to your vision.

Be Prepared for Delays.

Because construction projects are unpredictable, it is essential to be mindful of this before beginning any project. If possible, create a timeline with your GC that allotts time for these potential delays. This will help ensure that the project stays on track and within budget.

Have Realistic Expectations.

Construction projects rarely go according to plan. There are always unforeseen delays and issues that can arise. It is important to be prepared for this and to have realistic expectations. Be sure to communicate with your GC on a regular basis so that you are aware of any potential delays or issues.

Be Patient.

The construction process can be frustrating and time-consuming. It is important to be patient and to understand that things will take time. Be sure to stay involved and informed, but try not to stress too much about the details. The finished product will be worth the wait!

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

In order for the construction process to go smoothly, it is important to communicate regularly with your GC. This will help to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that there are no surprises along the way.

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These are just a few tips to keep in mind when working with a general contractor. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your construction project goes smoothly.


Working with a qualified and experienced General Contractor is key to ensuring the success of your construction project. By following the tips outlined above, you can help ensure that your project goes smoothly and avoid common pitfalls. By getting the most out of your relationship with your General Contractor, you can help ensure that your construction project is a success.

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