Choosing the right commercial contractor for your construction project is vital. We have all heard the horror stories about people and companies not getting what they expected when they hire a contractor. The last thing you want to be is another example of what not to do when renovating your business.
Considering how much money you are investing in your project, you cannot afford to make a hasty decisions. Choosing the right contractor is about a lot more than just price. You need to find a company that is the right fit for your specific project needs. There is a lot to think about.
We have put together a list of key things to consider when choosing the right general commercial contractor for your next project:
Industry experience is a must when it comes to commercial building projects. You want a company that knows what they are doing and someone that has seen and done it all before. A contractor’s experience will show in the end result of the project. Experienced contractors pay attention to the little details that make the biggest difference.
- Are they an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau?
- What companies have they worked for?
- Have they received industry recognition for their work?
- What is their area of specialization?
Hassle Free Estimate
Getting a quote is the starting point for all commercial renovations. Look for companies that offer you a free consultation. During this consultation you will discuss your project details, get to know the contractor, and get a cost estimate for the project. The quote process is a great opportunity for you to see if you have a good connection with the contractor. You will get a sense for how they work and who they are.
Great Google Reviews
Reading Google Reviews from past customers will give you great insights into what you can expect from a contactor. Read the good and the bad to get an idea of what they company is all about. Also, pay attention to how the contractor responds to the reviews. This will give you insights into how they approach customer service.
Its very important to ask for referrals before you make your decision about which contractor you hire for the job. Speak with past customers about any questions or concerns you have about your project. Take advantage of this opportunity to understand what you can expect if you hire a specific contractor. Take referrals seriously.
How quickly a company responds to you is something worth noting. If a company gets back to you quickly, it may be a sign they are responsive at all times. If the contractor is difficult to connect with and they do not get back to you within a reasonable time, it could be a sign you may have communication issues during the project. Poor communication could lead to issues during the project.
Licensed, Insured, and Bonded
Make sure any contractor you work with is fully licensed and insured. This is very important to ensure your company and the contractor has the right protection in place if an issue were to arise during the project. Ask about the company’s safety record to ensure they do not have a history of issues on the jobsite.
Past Project Success
Even if a contractor can talk a good game, it is the end result that really matters. Past project work is a key indicator of the quality of work you can expect on your project. Take a look at a contractor’s project gallery. Does the work fit your vision for your project? Do you like their style and quality of work?
A Focus On Customer Satisfaction
Does the contractor place emphasis on customer satisfaction? Do they stand behind their work? Are they a customer focused company? Check out their website, social media, and pay attention to what they say in your interactions. You always want a company that puts customer needs first.
Use the above list to find a contractor who understands your project needs and can deliver. Its not a decision you should take lightly.
Are you planning a commercial project? Contact Fuhrmann Construction Group today to book a Free Consultation. We look forward to helping you bring your vision to life.
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