What is a general contractor?
A general contractor is the individual in charge of the day-to-day activities at any construction site. This often includes managing the various subcontractors, surveyors and engineers who may be working on the project, as well as communicating with all workers and the property owner. CJG’s general contractors maintain order and proper cooperation between all workers throughout the construction or renovation process.
Where will CJG’s general contractor’s service?
While we are locate in Bangor, our general contractors have years of experience working in the state of Maine, and are happy to travel to many of the surrounding areas, including:
- Greater Bangor Area
- Mount Desert
What are some of the responsibilities of a general contractor?
Because the general contractor acts as the overall foreman of the construction or renovation project, he or she has a broad range of responsibilities. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Providing all the materials, labor, equipment and services necessary for the project
- Hiring and overseeing specialized subcontractors
- Applying for building permits
- Properly securing the property
- Providing utilities at the construction site, even if only temporary utilities are needed
- Continually managing the workers or other personnel on the site
- Providing or hiring proper site surveying and engineering
- Properly disposing of construction waste
- Keeping the project on schedule
- Monitoring the project cash flow
- Maintaining accurate financial and construction records
- Troubleshooting on-site problems
What makes a general contractor qualified?
The legal and licensing requirements required for a general contractor vary widely from place to place. Individual states are required to set their own qualifications. However, most general contractors have formal training, often in the form of a completed bachelor’s degree in construction science, surveying, or building science. Many of the technicians here at CJG Contractors also have experience in fields such as masonry, plumbing, framing or carpentry prior to becoming a general contractor. These skills help many to become more understanding of the overall building process.
Reliable general contractors should be able to produce favorable reviews from previous customers, business partners or even former employers who can speak to their qualifications.
What are good questions to ask while interviewing potential general contractors?
When looking for a potential general contractor, there are a number of questions that can help determine whether he or she is the right person for the project:
- Have you worked jobs like this one before?
- What is your experience working with _____________? (a specialty area that is important to you and your project, such as energy-efficient materials, specialty stone, etc.)
- Do you prefer to hire your own subcontractors? Who will you be working with on a regular basis?
- Do you prefer to use competitive bidding, negotiated pricing or some other method of choosing subcontractors and suppliers?
When is a general contractor necessary for a project?
Not all construction or renovation projects require a general contractor. However, there are definitely instances when the additional oversight would be advisable. These are a few examples of times when it would be appropriate to look for a general contractor:
- The job will take longer than one week to complete
- The job requires the services of several different professionals
- The job requires specific building permits
If you live in Waterville, Farmington, Millinocket, Dover-Foxcroft, Mount Desert or the Greater Bangor area and you’re faced with one of these situations, contact CJG Contractors. We’ll send one of our experienced general contractors to help you manage your project before it becomes an unnecessary headache.