A general contractor is a person who coordinates and oversees the construction process. He or she is responsible for overseeing all work, securing permits, and ensuring that the project stays on schedule and within budget.
A general contractor will provide a quote based on the scope of work. He or she will take into account the size of the project, the materials needed, and the time frame for completion. The quote will also include a margin for profit and overhead costs.
Different general contractors offer different pricing because they have different overhead costs. Some general contractors have low overhead costs because they own their own equipment. Others may have high overhead costs because they lease their equipment or sub-contract out certain aspects of the job.
The job completion date will be determined by the scope of work. Smaller projects can usually be completed within a few weeks, while larger projects may take several months to complete. The general contractor will provide an estimated completion date when the quote is given.
You can do some of the work yourself, but it is not recommended. General contractors are trained professionals with experience in coordinating and overseeing construction projects. By doing some of the work yourself, you may end up delaying the project or causing additional costs.
If the job goes over budget, the general contractor will work with you to find ways to save money. He or she may suggest using cheaper materials or changing the scope of work. The most important thing is to communicate with your general contractor so that he or she can find a solution that works for both of you.