So you want to hire a contractor?...Do you just want a contractor or do you want the benefits of a construction manager?
In deciding how you want your construction project handled, consider the pros and cons of hiring a general contractor verses hiring a construction manager. Here's how the bricks fall in choosing one over the other. Ringland-Johnson Construction can provide either service.
Contractor vs. Construction Manager
Can we select the firm of our choosing?
Contractor: No-You're forced to take the lowest bidder.
Construction Manager: Yes-you can base your decision on qualifications as well as price.
Can the work schedule be accelerated?
Contractor: No-there is only one general contractor after the design work is done.
Construction Manager: Yes-bid packages can be requested.
How will change orders be handled in terms of more money out of my pocket?
Contractor: There is a profit to the contractor for change orders.
Construction Manager: No profit to the construction manager.
Is there early participation with the architect?
Contractor: No-it's too late by the time you hire a contractor.
Construction Manager: Yes-a construction manager is hired to oversee all aspects and look at architects' designs with your needs, wants, budget and timeline in mind.
What services do we get?
Contractor: Schedule Completion and Construction.
Construction Manager: Schedule Completion and Construction PLUS
Budget Review, Cost Estimates, Design Review, Quality Inspections, and Subcontractor Review.
Is there a final cost guarantee?
Contractor: No-only an initial bid which does not include changes
Construction Manager: Yes-if it's an at-risk construction manager contract.
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