If you're planning to hire a commercial contractor for a project, it's a good idea to learn what to expect. A commercial general contractor is likely to help you deal with the following issues.


Especially on a commercial construction or renovation effort, it's important to centralize decision-making and direction. A commercial general contractor acts as a coordinator, making sure various subcontractors don't trip over each other. For example, you might need to have an electrical contractor install conduits and wiring into the floor of a foundation before a concrete contractor comes by to pour materials. It's important to schedule the work in a way that prevents conflicts or delays.

A commercial contractor also does the same thing with materials. You don't want to have a pile of hardwood flooring sitting around on the site, for example, if the contractors installing it won't be there for weeks. This frees up room for equipment and other materials, and it also reduces the risk of damage from weather.


Unless you mean to be uniquely hands-on, the odds are good you don't want to track down the many contracting firms needed to do a job. Fortunately, a commercial contractor knows which businesses will have the resources required to handle your project. They can sign contracts to assign work, too.

Your agreement with the general contractor typically transfers some of your powers to them. For example, a third-party assignment clause allows the general contractor to hire subcontractors without further consultation. This can streamline the process significantly.

Liability, Insurance, and Bonds

Having a commercial general contractor involved makes it easier to understand who is legally liable for accidents. If there's a worksite injury, for example, they will make sure that either the workers' compensation insurance policy covers it or that they're working with contractors that are properly insured.

The commercial contractor also will carry a liability policy that covers incidents involving third parties. If debris from the site hits a passerby, for example, this policy will cover the victim's injuries. Similarly, they can acquire the necessary bonds to address potential work defects. If there is a problem, such as a floor that isn't level, you can rely on the bond to assure that corrections will be made.


Many projects require compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. There may also be industry standards. Your commercial contractor will make sure that all paperwork is filed to keep the worksite and building in compliance.  Contact a commercial contractor for more information.