We need to build an additional 3,000 square feet of work place in your industrial building. Our architect is preparing plans now. It appears as though a straightforward enough project, and we are wondering as we can help to save money by acting as our own contractor. What would be the advantages or disadvantages of doing so?
Assembling your shed is complex enough which i would discourage from acting as your own contractor, unless someone within your company has substantial contracting experience. One of the leading benefits of getting a contractor may be the coordination of trades, and you may require enough trades this is actually a significant issue. At least, you will need carpentry, drywall installation, electrical work, HVAC installation, carpeting, and painting. It's also possible to need plumbing, demolition, and sprinkler work. For those who have a roof leak, there is nothing wrong with calling a roofer directly, but over a job this complex you have to juggle schedules, paperwork, and competitive bidding, along with establish clear lines of responsibility. This involves a professional.
So what will a general contractor ("GC") do? Listed here are five major aspects of responsibility:
1. Paperwork - Including coordination involving the architect as well as the town, following a permitting process and providing information as necessary, obtaining insurance and workman's comp certificates all the trades, processing drawings and change-orders, procuring sign-offs, certificates of completion and occupancy, logging activities and calls, obtaining capital improvement certificates, and providing updates and status reports. A GC ought to know his way round the building department, and then establish trust and rapport with the building inspectors.
2. Cost control - The GC accounts for obtaining competitive bids all the trades necessary at work. A good GC will be making tips to the customer and architect on cost-saving measures before and throughout the project. He will be reviewing drawings and plans for accuracy, and if necessary will give you field measurements in order to avoid costly change-orders.
3. Field Supervision - A GC are going to visit the property regularly, to inspect and verify the quality of the task by subcontractors, secure the house against vandalism, graffiti, and dumping, coordinate meter readings, set thermostats and alarms, and view for roof leaks and other properties. Generally, he'll be serving as the owner's representative, whether it is as a good will ambassador with the neighbors, or choosing a fireplace marshal.
4. Coordination of labor - One of the very valuable roles using your GC is coordination of all work. He is responsible for the end product, and removes any finger-pointing among trades that you may encounter by trying to coordinate the project yourself. The GC will probably be drafting work schedules, preparing a "GANTT" chart outlining estimating the duration, materials and labor required for each phase of the construction. You will see unexpected delays or surprises (remember Murphy's Law) and it's also down to the GC address issues because they arise, and the work on course.
5. Be Nice - Construction is a headache for that client. Life's too short to be further hassled by way of a surly GC. Locate a reputable GC with higher recommendations and references, as well as make sure that you like her or him! Your GC will likely be your "partner" all through assembling your shed, so select a GC that you may get along!