A contractor is a person or company that provides goods or services to another entity, on the terms specified in the contract. Unlike an employee, a contractor does not regularly work for a company. Also called an independent contractor.
The construction of a building is a complicated process that implies knowledge of architectural design, building codes, urban planning regulations and basic elements of construction. A residential construction entrepreneur oversees the construction of individual homes and multi-unit housing projects. A commercial construction entrepreneur oversees the construction and remodeling of stores, shopping malls, hotels, and other commercial projects. Most construction entrepreneurs own their own businesses and many of them worked in the construction industry before becoming contractors.
A construction entrepreneur meets, requests bids and schedules from all of the subcontractors that are needed to complete the project. The new owners or business owner contracts with the construction contractor, as well as the construction contractors’ contracts with subcontractors and suppliers. Contractors typically charge from 10 percent to 15 percent of the total project cost for this service. For example, if the contractor oversees a $ 1 million project, his commission for doing so could be in the neighborhood of $ 100,000 to $ 150,000.
The civil works contractor is one that the construction company often entrusts the work of hiring the personnel who will carry out the structure. The construction company puts the engineers, the architect and the financiers who are in charge of controlling the budget. The civil works contractor must hire companies and independent workers. For example bricklayers, laborers, carpenters, roofers, plumbers, ceramics, painters, heating specialists, floor installers.
The civil works contractor ensures that the people hired have sufficient experience, skills and materials, and must also coordinate with the Site Manager or the engineer in charge the schedule of tasks to be carried out until the building is finished, with the purpose that coincides with the deadlines agreed in the project.