A general contractor is a manager and possibly also a tradesman that is employed by a client, usually upon the advice of the project's architect or engineer. A general contractor is responsible for the overall coordination of a project. A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as a bid, proposal, or tender documents). 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 or bid, cost-plus price or an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of home office overhead, general conditions, materials, and equipment, as well as the cost of labor, to provide the owner with a price for the project.Contract documents may include drawings, project manuals (including general, supplementary, or special conditions and specifications),and addendum or modifications issued prior to proposal/ bidding ad prepared by a design professional, such as an architect. The general contractor may be the construction manager or construction manager at high risk.
Contractors usually work at dirty, noisy job sites, which can be anywhere from high-rise buildings to wilderness areas, and solve dozens of problems each day, often making decisions quickly. They may be on call twenty-four hours a day to deal with the effects of bad weather and emergencies at the job site
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Good communication skills, Problem - solving skills, Decision - making ability, Commercial awareness, Ability to motivate others, Knowledge of construction methods and regulations, Coursera, Oxford Online, CMIT,