Frequently Asked General Contractor Questions
What is a general contractor?
A general contractor is the primary overseer of a construction project. They are responsible for the day-to-day work, planning, and execution of the project. That includes assessments, coordination, blueprints, permit obtainment, construction, and more. To ensure the success of a project, general contractors tend to incorporate many disciplines—including design, project management, and construction—into their work.
What does a general contractor do?
A general contractor plans, manages, and performs construction on a job site. They may also have a part to play in the preliminary design stages, alongside architects and consulting engineers.
During construction, general contractors may do all work themselves, or they may delegate some to subcontractors. Here at TrueWest Construction, we prefer to take a hands-on approach to verify that the final build quality is up to the high standards for which we’re known.
How does a general contractor prepare an estimate?
General contractors use a variety of methods to prepare estimates and project bids. At TrueWest Construction, we prepare ours by working closely with the client to develop a detailed project plan and by taking stock of the costs for material, labor, permits, and other incidental expenses. We take a scrutinous approach to ensure our work stays within the client’s budget.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are. Our general contracting company is fully insured to cover potential damages, accidents, and occupational hazards. We make sure that all construction proceeds with the utmost concern for safety, taking every precaution necessary to give our clients the peace of mind they deserve. With us, you can rest easy knowing we’ll keep you safe and secure.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about how our insurance works and what it means for you.
Are you licensed?
TrueWest Construction is proud to be a fully licensed general contracting company. We take our professional duties seriously, and we possess all the certification, training, and qualifications necessary to carry them out.
Does my remodeling job need a permit?
Remodels often require a permit, but not always. It can vary from municipality to municipality, but generally, any structural changes will require a permit. That said, we know how frustrating it can be to figure out your obligations as a property owner. If you’re not sure whether you need a permit, we’ll be happy to find that out for you and, if necessary, help you obtain one. Reach out to us to get started.
At what point in the planning should I hire a general contractor?
Once you have a general idea of the work you need, you’re welcome to get in touch with us so that we can help out with the preliminary planning stages. From there, we can work with you to determine the scope of the job and prepare for construction. At TrueWest Construction, we’re here to help you from the very start, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any point in the planning process.
How do I find out how much my project will cost?
The best way is to speak to a contractor and receive an estimate. We’ll be happy to give you one once we’ve assessed your project and determined the costs. We can also help you tailor the project so that it’s something that suits your needs while staying within budget. To receive an estimate, feel free to give us a call at (408) 592-9777 today.
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