When you’re getting started on the planning and negotiating stages of a construction project, you’ll probably find yourself with a list of unfamiliar terms and titles. One sometimes confusing distinction is that between the general contractor and subcontractor. Here are the differences and the purpose of each.
The general contractor is the person or company you hire to spearhead the entire project. You enter into a contract with them in order to accomplish the construction services you need. In most cases, they will coordinate hiring any subcontractors themselves.
Contractors are the ‘labor and services’ component of the construction project, but you should hash out all details beforehand and only enter into a contract if you feel completely understood and trusting. Details will include the costs associated with the subcontractors in addition to other expenses of the project.