General Contractors are responsible of the overall coordination of a construction site, of the activity of different vendors and trades implied in the building process and of the communication with the involved parties throughout the entire project.
Their job implies analyzing all the documents related to a construction project and estimating the total costs, taking into consideration the cost of materials, equipment and labor, the general conditions and the home office overhead cost.
They usually hire different subcontractors for specific parts of the construction work, such as carpentry, flooring, wood framing, painting, roofing and plumbing firms as well as specialists in insulation work, piping, electrical wiring and alarm systems.
Other responsibilities include getting construction permits, negotiating material prices and ordering the needed materials, participating in the conceptual development of the construction project, together with the architects and engineers, scheduling the work of subcontractors and establishing a payment schedule based on work progress, scheduling inspections, troubleshooting any job-site problems, providing and removing, when the construction process is over, of all temporary utilities on site, such as cooling systems, ventilation, temporary water service, temporary sanitary facilities and temporary electrical power and lighting. After all of the construction work is completed, the contractor is responsible of hiring a cleaning company for a rough and a final cleaning.
Hiring a general contractor is a good idea because it is easier to have one person responsible for everything on the construction site, including materials, equipment, labor force, scheduling and budget controls.
There are few factors that you should take into consideration when you decide to work with a general contractor for a residential or commercial construction or remodeling project. Some of these factors include the experience of the contractor in the specific type of project that you are interested in, his reputation and recommendations, whether he has a network of reliable subcontractors that he usually works with and if he is able to communicate effectively with them, if he is able to work according to your deadlines and if he is financially responsible and capable of giving accurate estimates.
A good general contractor uses his expertise to solve any problems that may appear during the construction process, knows the order in which the various activities must be completed and is familiar with the large and essential elements of the construction, as well as to every detail, that is actually equally important for a well-constructed building. Also, he is familiar with building codes and any other legal issues related to a construction project and carries both a compensation insurance, in the unfortunate event of an accident of a worker on the construction site, and a general liability insurance, in case of property damage, personal injuries or other things that can arise during the operations.
General Contractors in the UAE can offer you the security of a skilled project management and the flexibility you need. Working with the best professionals in the sector can ensure you of a high quality work in all trades and a project completed on time and on budget.