The general contractor is employed by the client and is responsible for the overall coordination of a project.
A general contractor must first assess the project documents such as drawings and specifications. In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. Depending on the project delivery method, the contractor will submit a fixed price proposal, cost plus price or an estimate.
The general contractor considers the cost of overhead, general conditions, materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with a price for the project. A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.