How to Handle a GC Transition in the Middle of a Project

No one hires a general contractor with the intention of terminating them mid-way through the project, but sometimes things happen. The contractor fails to perform the quality of work you require, they simply don’t show up for work, or they take your money and run.


Whatever the reason, changing GCs during construction is the last thing you want to deal with. Here are some tips to ensure a smoother transition (from the perspective of a team who has stepped in mid-way on many-a-projects):


  • Prioritize communication – The reason for your transition to a new GC may stem in part from a communication breakdown with your previous contractor. Through no fault of your own, your contractor may have intentionally (or unintentionally) kept information from you that led to a dispute.


As you look for a replacement contractor, place high value on their communication skills and ask questions that help you understand their communication style. How frequently will they update you on the project, and what is their preferred method of engaging with you?


  • Lean on an experienced project manager – To get your build back on track, you need a project manager who is detail-oriented and experienced leading projects of your scale. While it may be difficult to trust a new team after having a bad experience with a previous GC, your project manager will be integral to keeping your build on schedule and within your budget, despite setbacks caused by the project transition.


  • Reassess your goals and priorities – In some ways, a transition to a new GC offers an opportunity for a fresh start. While you don’t want to go all the way back to square one, a fresh team will offer fresh perspectives which may end up benefiting your build and bottom line.


You deserve to have the build you want. Sometimes that means changing contractors mid-way through the project to ensure that your project is completed to meet your needs. When this happens, count on us at Seacoast Construction to see your build through to completion. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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