Everyone wants the best, and anxiety runs high when it comes to the creation of a high value asset like a home. The General Contractor has to be a pricing and timing genius so his clients come to trust him.
Benjamin Franklin once said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
Getting the price right is an obstacle mixed with the need for great design and craftsmanship.
“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” — Stephen Gardiner
“Use the best possible materials, and reveal the quality of those materials and the craftsmanship of their assembly.” – Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Bringing together designs, materials, labor, and coordinating a build with various subcontractors, being a general contractor is no easy feat.
The Federal Trade Commission has this advice on hiring a general contractor.
Bob Vila takes on the topic of contractor vs. manager.
I like this Angie’s List article about working with contractors. I especially like the last line, since to begin a relationship in suspicion its not going to work out well.
Check out the requirements for a contracting business in the State of Colorado. You’ll want a contractor who works with the permitting division of your county.
The Houston Chronicle has an interesting article on the job description of a general contractor. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has some insights on construction managers. Appealing to my nerdy brain is the mind boggling assortment of software designed to help with construction project management. The Associated General Contractors of America collects data on the construction industry.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your contracting business in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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