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Finding a General Contractor: the Complete How-to Guide

If you are planning to build a new home or renovate your existing one, then it is highly likely that you will require the services of a licensed builder for your project. The builder is essential for ensuring that the project goes smoothly and that our work is completed to the correct specifications. Here is some information about what builders do.

Tasks That Can Be Performed by a General Contractor

General building work: Builders can take on the responsibility of construction and general site management for building work. The works that a builder is permitted to work on include construction, renovation, extension or demolition of a building, structure or road. Builders may also perform structural work on your property such as adding rooms, removing walls, etc.

  • New house: 

    If you are planning to build a new home, a building specialist will be able to walk you through the process regarding specific details such as logistics, site selection, logistics, and more. Many builders also include design services via a third party or in-house. 

  • Assistance with project management: 

    A builder may opt to manage the renovation process rather than become directly involved with the construction. The builder may hire tradespeople and manage the buying and delivery of the materials that are required for the project. 

  • Renovations: 

    Builders may be able to manage an entire renovation project for you which can help you to obtain the best value for your renovation. 

  • Home extensions: 

    Builders can help with home extensions. However, the builder must carry the appropriate licensing in order to perform such a job. For these projects, a permit must also be obtained from the local authority in order to complete the extension. 

  • House and land packages: 

    General contractors who sometimes offer packages that include both the home and the land often have display houses available. Before selecting a builder, have a look at the building plans and check the quality of the projects that they complete by investigating the display homes. 

  • Commercial builders: 

    Commercial contractors can assist in the building of commercial spaces including offices, shops, factories, and retail buildings. These builders must be highly skilled in order to ensure that such jobs are completed on time and on budget. 

  • Paperwork: 

    A contractor can assist with obtaining the necessary permissions in order to complete your project. These permissions can include building permits and work contracts. 


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Skills Required for General Contractors

Builders deal with a lot of complex tasks during a project which means that they have to have a general knowledge of all trades, not just their own. Builders must be able to successfully manage, organise and complete a job while making sure the appropriate laws and local regulations are upheld by the project. In addition, builders must also work directly with clients to provide estimates, manage the financial costs associated with a project, and communicate with clients.


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