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My Responsibilities As a General Contractor
As a general contractor (GC) main contractor (MC) or prime contractor, (PC), It is my responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the construction site, management of vendors and trades, and the communication of information to all involved parties throughout the course of the building project.
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As the general contractor (GC) I am a manager and also a tradesman, (I get my hands dirty), that is employed by you, the client, and usually upon the advice of the project’s architects or engineers, that I’ve work with before .  As the general contractor (GC), It is my responsibility for the overall coordination of the project.   Further, as the General Contractor (GC), I must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as bid, proposal or tender documents, plans). For example in the case of renovations, a site, a visit is required so I can get a better understanding of the project. Depending on the project delivery method, I as the General Contractor (GC), I will submit a fixed price proposal or bid, cost plus price or an estimate, e.g. (Giving a set of plans to the lumber yard).  I will consider the cost of home office overhead, general conditions, materials, and equipment, as well as the cost of labor, to provide the owner, or potential client, with a price for the project.


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The contract documents, (prepared by my attorney), may include drawings, plans, project manuals (including general, supplementary, or special conditions and specifications), and addendum or modifications issued prior to proposal, bidding and/or prepared by a design professional, such as an architect.  As the General Contractor (GC), I may also be the construction manager, and or project manager.

As the General Contractor (GC), it is my responsibility for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering equipment and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project.  Also as the General Contractor (GC), I often hire specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work. When I’m using subcontractors, It is responsible for the quality of all work performed by any and all of the hires.


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My Number One Priority

As the General Contractor (GC) my number one priority is safety on the job site.

My Responsibilities Further

As the General Contractor (GC), my responsibilities may include applying for building permits, advising the person or persons I hired by, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on the site, managing personnel on the site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.

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Screening All Sub-Contractors For Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements to work legally on construction projects in the in the State of California, requirements are stated as follows:

“With a few exceptions, all businesses or individuals who work on any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California State Licensing Board, (CSLB) if the total cost of one or more contracts on the project is $500 or more.”


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My General Contractor Bio

Before I was a General Contractor (GC), I started out as a Handyman on the farm, My Father, was a builder and Tool and Die maker, (we had a machine shop, in the garage) and Grand Father who was a steel worker on the Golden Gate Bridge and a a construction worker with my cousin Birk who was a contractor, who became an architect and did engineering.  While gaining work experience, I learn about different aspects of construction, including masonry, carpentry, framing, window and door insulation, finish carpentry on Victorian era, (restoration) of Houses in San Francisco, painting, (My brother Gavin is a painting contractor), in San Francisco specializing in Victorian era houses), I paid for his schooling to pass the CSLB contractor exam.  Further, I work for a plumbing, contractor, electrical, concrete, roofing, foundations, excavations, surveying etc.  Also as a Aspiring general contractor, I communicated with other subcontractors and my father, my cousin Birk and my brother and friends in the business, to learn the management skills that I needed to run my own company.  The experience in the construction industry as well as experience with customers, and potential clients, business partners, and former employers help to mold me into the General Contractor (GC) I am today. 

I’m a General contractor that owns my business, with a BBB A+ rating. I hire subcontractors to complete specialized construction work and I’ve manage a team of plumbers, electricians, masons, carpenters, iron workers, and other specialists.  I built my business by networking with potential clients, buying three of every construction tool in case one breaks down, and ensuring that my subcontractors complete high-quality work. I‘m familiar with all construction techniques and If I don’t know something or I’m unsure!  I ask? My engineer’s, architect’s or fellow contractors and building inspectors, any of the trade etc. so I can manage workers, subcontractors, and clients, and building inspectors, especially safety, effectively.


Johnnie R. Maul


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