In addition to building exceptional steel buildings, Panhandle Steel Buildings in Amarillo, TX is also a general contractor. We serve the West Texas area with our many years of experience. Here are the benefits to hiring a general contractor for your construction project.
General contractors will save you time.
Perhaps the most important benefit to hiring a general contractor is the time they can save you. They know how to prepare a job site in the event of extreme weather. Bad weather can greatly damage your construction schedule but a general contractor has the knowledge to prevent costly downtime. It is the responsibility of the contractor to handle the scheduling and timing of subcontractors so you don’t have to. He will manage subcontractors on-site to make sure all of the ducks are in a row. He will resolve any problems that may arise in a timely manner, ensuring that construction keeps running smoothly. You could shave weeks or months off your project by hiring a general contractor.
They will save you money.
General contractors have the knowledge and experience to get it done right the first time. You won’t have to spend money redoing something that went wrong. Also, subcontractors generally charge a higher rate per hour when working under a building owner than they would while working under a general contractor. They can secure the lowest bid from several subcontractors, therefore creating a competitive environment and saving you money. General contractors have access to materials bought in bulk so you will be able to have the highest quality materials for your project while keeping costs lower. A quality construction job overseen by a general contractor has the potential to increase the overall value of your business and your property, whereas a less-than-quality job can be damaging.
They have the proper insurance and are licensed
For a contractor to legally work, they must be licensed by a state board that makes sure the contractor is following all of the proper rules and regulations. They have liability insurance and worker’s compensation in case anyone gets hurt on the job. Liability insurance is expensive and difficult for a business owner to get on their own and if and when disaster strikes on the job, it’s not something you want to be without.
Your finished building will be of the highest quality
Experienced general contractors have worked with many subcontractors so they know who is the best in each area. As a business owner who has never built before, you may not know the best subcontractors. It would be easy to hire a less than stellar electrician, painter, plumber, etc. And as the subcontractors do their part, they are overseen by the general contractor who makes sure everything is perfect.
Hiring a general contractor is convenient.
Having several subcontractors on site clashing with one another can be a huge headache for someone without the experience to know how to schedule them. There are certain steps that need to be taken during the construction process and they need to be completed in the right order. You don’t want to have to communicate and manage multiple people at once. A general contractor serves as your one point of contact for the entire building process. If something goes awry, you only have to talk to him and it will be his job to sort things out. Your time should be spent running your business, not taking on the full-time job of construction.
They have the experience to get the job done right.
General contractors know the right people, they know about legal requirements, and they know about building requirements. Building codes are complicated and they vary from city to city. General contractors are dealing with these codes on a daily basis so an experienced professional will be able to arrange for obtaining city permits and inspections that are required before and after construction, respectively.