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What is a General Contractor?
The General contractor is employed/hired by the client/you "property owner". A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents also known as plans or blue prints. In the case of renovations, a site visit and/or a boundary survey is required to get a better understanding of the project. The contractor will then calculate a price, also called an estimate or bid. The general contractor considers the cost of materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with an approximate price for the project.

Contract documents include a budget, any general and special conditions, and blueprints and specifications prepared by a design professional such as an architect. In many instances the general contractor is the project engineer or project manager for construction projects.

What are the responsibilities of a General Contractor?
A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work. Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing of or recycling construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows.

Licensing requirements
Licensing requirements to work legally on construction projects vary from State to State. In the Unites States, it is the states' responsibility to define these requirements if the total cost of one or more contracts on the project is $500 or more. Also subject to change from counties and cities

For example, in the state of Florida, the requirements are stated as follows: "With a few exceptions, all businesses or individuals who work on any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). "

Licensing qualifications
General contractors often start out as construction workers. While gaining work experience, they learn about different aspects of construction, including masonry, carpentry, framing, and plumbing. Aspiring general contractors communicate with subcontractors and may learn the management skills they need to run their own company.

General contractors often run their own business. They hire subcontractors to complete specialized construction work and may manage a team of plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other specialists. General contractors build their business by networking with potential clients, buying basic construction tools, and ensuring that their subcontractors complete high-quality work. General contractors don't usually complete much construction work themselves, but they need to be familiar with construction techniques so they can manage workers effectively.