How a General Contractor Provides Quality Control
Monitors the Timeline
One of the ways that a general contractor provides quality control is by monitoring and overseeing the construction timeline. The completion timeline plays an important role in the project. If a project goes longer than the estimated completion date, there is a good chance that it is also going to go over budget. You may need the building completed by a certain date for a variety of other reasons. While a contractor cannot prevent delays due to the weather, they can work hard to ensure the contractors are sticking to the schedule and making up any weather-related delays when possible.
Monitoring the timeline also helps to ensure that building materials will be at the job site when they are needed. This helps to ensure unused materials are not left sitting out for weeks, increasing the chances of theft, or are not available when they are needed, causing employees to stand around with nothing to do. A general contractor monitors progress and has the right building materials delivered at the right time.
Another way that a general contractor provides quality control is by using qualified sub-contractors. If you did not have a general contractor in place, you would have to hire each and every contractor that comes to work on your project. This includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. General contractors work with all of these sub-contractors regularly. As such, they take the time to fully vet and qualify the subcontractors they plan on working with.
When a general contractor qualifies a sub-contractor, they look at many different elements, including their licensing, insurance, experience and the quality of their work. All in all, taking the time to qualify contractors before they ever work on your project helps to ensure that they are capable of completing quality work that is up to code regulations and building standards.
Oversees the Building Plans
With many different subcontractors working on different parts of a building, it is easy for the building plans to be set aside and not get followed. A general contractor makes sure that every sub-contractor who steps foot on the construction site knows what the building plans are for their area. They then oversee the building plans to ensure that the blueprints and plans are being followed. This ensures the building is structurally-sound and will be completed to the specifications that were drawn up.
Checks Completed Work
The last way that a general contractor provides quality control is by checking completed work. A general contractor should always be on hand to routinely check work on the building. Most general contractors do both scheduled and unannounced checks. For example, an unannounced check may consist of a general contractor stopping by the job site and checking up on the progress made by an electrician on any given day. A scheduled check may involve the sub-contractor having to notify the general contractor when they have completed a checklist of tasks and letting the general contractor inspect the work before they proceed with the next tasks.
It is important to note that a building inspector will also inspect a lot of the work completed by sub-contractors. However, if the work is not up-to-par, construction may be halted or delayed. Having a general contractor inspect it first helps to prevent this from happening and helps corrections or changes be made before a building inspector comes to complete their inspection.
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