As an experienced business owner, you know that it takes time to find the right team of people to bring you success. The same holds true when it comes to selecting a general contractor for your next commercial project. You should take the time to ensure any potential hires have the qualities necessary to set you up for a successful project.
First and foremost, you want to ensure that the general contractor is experienced in commercial projects. This may seem like a very simple concept, but it’s very easy to get sidetracked. When people love working with a specific general contractor that is very effective, it’s very easy to forget to check if they do residential projects or commercial ones. Always stick with a contractor that is specifically geared towards commercial projects. This will ensure they have a smooth system in place for getting the job done and the industry contacts to bring the project together.
A commercial building contractor that is good at what they do should have many word-of-mouth referrals. It pays to contact your industry acquaintances and ask them what contractor did their projects. This is most effectively done when you contact persons who recently have undergone construction themselves. This will give you the most accurate information on potential contracting firms. There’s no doubt that if the acquaintance had a good experience, they’ll want to tell you all about it. Conversely, if they had a bad experience, they’ll want to tell you about that too. This is one easy method to get an idea of some good firms without wasting much time or energy.
When you have a list of potential firms to hire, it’s time to set up some interviews. You don’t want to go into in-depth detail about every aspect of your project here. Rather, you want to openly talk with the firm to establish how your relationship is and if you click. This is the time to ask the potential contracting firms some questions. You want to know if they are bonded, how many years they have been in business, how you will be informed of the progress throughout the project, the specific people you’ll be dealing with, and so on.
Once you have a few potential firms to hire, it’s time to get some detailed estimates. Price should be an important factor in your decision, however, it shouldn’t be the end-all choice. Take some time and contact each general contracting firm that you believe may be a good match for your project. Ask them to provide you with an estimated bid and realize that this process may take some time to complete. This is why you should save this step for closer to the end of your evaluation process. Once you have the bids in hand, you can compare the prices of the various firms and opt for the company which falls into the right price range for your budget.
Selecting the right general contractor requires more than just picking up the phonebook. You must take the necessary time to evaluate various firms to see which has the experience, expertise, price range, and customer service that fits your needs. Once you go through the evaluation process above, you can rest assured that you’re choosing the right contracting firm for your commercial project.