General Contractor Or Construction Manager: Which One Should You Hire?

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When it comes to a large construction job, there needs to be one person who can take point and be in charge of the job. Otherwise, it is hard to make sure that the schedule and budget are kept to. The subcontractors may have scheduling conflicts and not come in to do the work in the right order. There are two kinds of people who can take the lead on your construction project. One is a general contractor. The other is a construction manager. 

General Contractor

A general contractor is a person who specializes in running construction jobs and makes sure that everything is done within the budget and on time. 

Pros

  • Experienced: General contractors usually start out as construction workers themselves. That means that they know the work and how long it generally takes. This helps the GC set and follow a schedule.
  • Existing relationships: Many general contractors will have sub-contractors that they have worked with in the past. They know that those sub-contractors are reliable and do good work. 

Cons

  • Timing: General contractors don't start working on the project until the architect has finished the job and the building is set. That means that they have no input as to what the job will look like and what the requirements are. 
  • Leadership: The general contractor tends to take the full lead on the construction job. You may have less say on what is going on than you would like. 

Construction Manager

Construction managers also take the lead on construction jobs. 

Pros:

  • Timing: A construction manager is brought onto the job from the very beginning. That means that they are involved in the planning and architectural stages. The construction manager can point out any problems with the plans and point them out. 
  • Training: The construction manager may be the architect or someone who works for the architectural firm. That allows them to understand everything that goes on from the very beginning of the project. 

Cons

  • Liability: If something goes wrong with the job, the construction manager is in no way liable. If there is a problem, you are going to be the one who has to pay for it and take care of any other associated issues. 
  • Cost: You may assume more of the cost and the project may cost slightly more. 

A general contractor, like Ford Construction Company, and a construction manager will both help you make sure that the job is done right. It really is your choice as to which one to hire. 

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