HOW TO ATTRACT A CONTRACTOR TO MY PROJECT

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Hi, my question is twofold but first a little background.  I call a GC and give him the location of the property as well as an overview of the project.   I ask them if they are interested, they say yes.   They come and look over the property, once again I ask if they are interested in working on the project and again they are very interested.   I give them the scope of work and they are thrilled and promise to get an estimate to me within 24 hours usually.   I never hear from them again.   I call and/or text and crickets.

1-  Why do they do that?  What turned them off?

2-  What can I do, if anything, to make my project more attractive to contractors.

I don't have this problem with subs, they are amazing.   So although I am woefully inexperienced and work a full time job, I'm acting as my own GC.   Please provide some insight so I can get better at attracting GCs.

You said it yourself....you're acting as owner/builder and running the subs. What do you want a GC for? I wouldn't even bid your job. Unless you agreed to completely back off and let me bring in new subs and have 100% control of the job...

People don't understand....when you as an owner are too involved and micromanaging, plus have your own subs....the GCs risk, exposure and potential liability go WAY up...

Hi Bruce, I guess I wasn't clear.   It's only after searching for a GC for months that I started to take control of the project.   It is not the ideal situation.  I work a full time job and have no desire to be a GC.  If someone else would come in and do it, I would GLADLY step back.  Trust me.

Originally posted by @Bruce Woodruff :

You said it yourself....you're acting as owner/builder and running the subs. What do you want a GC for? I wouldn't even bid your job. Unless you agreed to completely back off and let me bring in new subs and have 100% control of the job...

People don't understand....when you as an owner are too involved and micromanaging, plus have your own subs....the GCs risk, exposure and potential liability go WAY up...

100% agree. It's a lot of responsibilities for GC.