Construction projects are always a gamble. Even if the budget, timeline, and scope of work are all accurately represented in the drawings and contract, some element of risk is always involved. To minimize that risk, hiring general contractors is a good idea. Their role will vary depending on how complex the project will be and what services are needed.
1. Estimating Costs for the Project
General contractors review the plans and discuss your vision for the space and how you want to achieve it. Then they will take their experience of similar projects and calculate how much it will cost. The total cost will depend on various factors, including the size of the project, the design, the materials involved, how much work needs to be done, and any factors that could affect the project’s timeline. Perform comprehensive cost estimates before or during the project. That way, you know where your money is going and can communicate any concerns that might emerge.
2. Managing Project Resources
It’s vital that all of the materials, supplies, labor, etc., for the project, are ordered and delivered in a way that doesn’t delay the work. General contractors ensure all materials are clearly labeled, ordered, and collected on time. They will also coordinate with tradespeople so that the job gets done promptly. To ensure everything goes smoothly, the contractor will set up a schedule and ensure everyone is aware of it. The schedule should be fair and reasonable. The contractor should also communicate regularly with you to keep you informed.
3. Ensuring the Work Meets Standards
Buildings are constructed to certain standards to be structurally sound, safe, and energy efficient. The construction of each building is governed by local building codes that set out minimum requirements for quality and safety. General contractors are responsible for making sure that all work meets the required standards. By doing so, they are protecting you, their client, and future buyers or tenants. If the building is not constructed to the codes, it could be unsafe or cause legal and health problems later.
4. Applying for Building Permits
General contractors are legally required to obtain all necessary permits before work commences, or they could be liable for the fines and fees resulting from not getting them. The permit application must be filled out accurately and completely, providing all necessary information about the project, including plans, drawings and specifications, materials used, the estimated cost of construction, and any other essential details set out by national code standards. A thorough permit application is the first step in ensuring a project meets all code requirements and is completed with the best quality materials available.
Home renovations can be stressful, but a carefully managed project can produce great results, giving you a unique space customized to your needs. A qualified general contractor will ensure the project runs smoothly and is completed in the best quality possible. Contact SH Renovations for all your home addition projects in Norman, OK and nearby locations.