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6. GMBC Construction Inc.
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  • 19 years in business
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  • Serves Bay Area, CA

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"After we chose GMBC, Eli drafted a statement of work that broke down the job according to room. After a couple of adjustments, we were ready to begin. Although the end result was fantastic, getting there was a bit tough at times. Like most renovations, we experienced a number of delays and setbacks. We were told the job would take 6-8 weeks but it actually took 4 months. A lot of the directions or requests we were giving to Eli weren't being communicated to the crews, so things wouldn't be done correctly and had to be redone. Sometimes they would need items that weren't communicated to us until we checked in asking why something wasn't done as scheduled. Inspections took a few rounds that dragged on for over a month. Some of the delays may have been our fault - we probably could've made things easier by hiring an architect to draw up detailed plans of everything; locations of outlets, lights, switches, fixtures, etc. But for the most part, the biggest issue seems to be a lack of communication/project management. GMBC uses different teams of people to do specific jobs and sometimes we felt they weren't on the same page. Fortunately, we happened to be living downstairs during the remodeling, which allowed us to survey the work at the end of each day and catch certain things before they went too far in the wrong direction. Not sure how much more difficult it would've been if we hadn't been there. Also, we had mentioned to Eli this was our first remodel so advice and communication was pretty key for us since we had no idea what was expected. That said, Eli and his crew were always courteous, positive, and obliged to make corrections whenever requested; a huge plus. The foreman, Armando, was great. When he was onsite, things always went smoothly. Their tiler was exceptional as well. He went above and beyond with some complicated tiles, and did an incredible job. We get so many compliments on our tile work. All in all, we couldn't be happier with the results. The quality of work is great and our home looks amazing. Everybody came together to make our vision a reality."

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What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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