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What Services Are Performed By General Contractors Dallas?

By Brook Harowitz

While the global recession has severely affected the new housing market, property owners’ efforts to maintain or upgrade their existing homes and businesses is beginning to breathe new life into the construction industry. General Contractors Dallas are ready to offer their expertise to anyone who wants to preserve their property investment with building improvements.

For starters, it helps to understand exactly what a general contractor is and does. A broad explanation for a general contractor is an individual or a business or corporation that makes an agreement with another individual or organization to conduct construction or renovation of a residential or commercial building. This means the general contractor is held legally responsible for the ways in which the construction is executed, including keeping to a financial budget and seeing that the building plan is completed as specified.

Licensed professional architects or engineers, as well as those experienced in building trades, all can serve as general contractors in Texas. Often these general contractors will employ project managers, supervisors or site foremen to guide specific projects.

Among other duties, a general contractor orders and receives all building supplies necessary for the project. He or she also sees that the proper equipment for building is available and secures the necessary permits and inspections from local governments. The general contractor hires skilled workers or subcontractors to perform the construction work.

The TRC requires that registered contractors complete a minimum of 5 continuing education credits annually on residential construction practices, including technical, ethical, or professional management activities to maintain and improve their skills. This continuing education is required of anyone who:

Will work on my project be subcontracted?

‘ Supervises subcontractors;

‘ Schedules the work of subcontractors;

Many home renovation and commercial finish-out jobs are too small to require a full-time supervisor. In this case, General Contractors Dallas should give you a list of names and numbers to call with problems or questions. The contractor also should give you some idea of who to call first, or how to call for certain kinds of problems such as electricity or plumbing.

How long will my project take to finish?

We’ve all heard the stories about the renovation job from hell. In most cases the general contractor will have a start date on the job estimate and should be able to give you a general target date for completion. Be sure to ask how the general contractor will handle delays in materials, bad weather and other schedule conflicts. Also ask about the daily work schedule to see how it meshes with your own daily schedule, in case you have to be present to let workers into the building.

Many General Contractors Dallas obtain their required training through TEXO, a regional profession association affiliated with both two national organizations, Associated General Contractors of America and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

Reputable contractors will carry both worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Ask to see copies of their insurance certificates and city, county and state licenses and registrations. Check these copies to be sure all the contractor’s licensing requirements are up to date.

Can you supply some recent customer references?

This attention to the fine points of building skills serves to benefit customers with top quality construction performed with superior management. That’s the service that the best general contractors provide for their clients.

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Harowitz, Brook "What Services Are Performed By General Contractors Dallas?." What Services Are Performed By General Contractors Dallas?. 27 Jun. 2010. 18 Feb 2016 <>.

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