When it comes to hiring a commercial construction company, there are many ways to go wrong without knowing it until your project becomes a massive headache.
The last thing you want is to get into the middle of a large project, whether industrial or commercial, is to be confronted with the decision about whether to fire your current company and hire someone else.
Make Sure You Have the Right List
Not every general contractor is qualified to work on commercial projects. However, every general contractor will say he or she is qualified. No one wants to turn down a job.
As manager of your project, you need to do some research to make sure you are making a list of the right commercial contractors. Here are the factors you need to consider:
- How long has this company been in business?
- Is this company licensed and insured?
- What is this company’s reputation? – Ask around, check online
- What types of projects has this company worked on?
- Has this company worked in the public sector, the private sector, or both?
- What geographical area has this company worked in?
Do Your Homework
When you have narrowed down your search to a few candidates, you need to do your research on the company.
Before you conduct your interviews, ask for a copy of the company’s general contractor’s license, information in writing about their insurance coverage, and at least three references.
Find out how long the company has been in business. Questions to consider include:
- Has the company been involved in any disciplinary actions or lawsuits?
- Is the insurance coverage adequate?
- Do their references have personal experience with this company and can they recommend it?
Ask their references about customer service, project timeliness, and budget. Then, ask if they are satisfied with the project, and if possible, take the time to see the finished project.
The bottom line is, you should be able to get all this information from the contractor himself. Your job is still to cross reference what they tell you. However, a reputable company will have no problem having a face-to-face meeting with you.
The contractor should be willing to sit down with you to answer any concerns and questions you have. He or she should be able to be open about any problems in the company’s past and explain why mistakes happened.
In addition, they should be able to tell you whatever you need to know to make you feel confident they can handle your project.
Don’t Let Price be the Most Critical Factor
You get what you pay for. If you let price be the most significant determining factor, you will probably be blinded to the problems that may be coming your way as soon as the project gets underway.
If you have been doing your homework and choosing the best candidates, their bids will very likely be around the same price, because they will all know what it takes to get the job done well.
Additionally, if there is one construction company coming significantly lower, you have to ask yourself why and how they can get it done for so much less money.
Integrity, experience, and reputation count for far more than a low price. Find a company that has all of those and whose customer service record is impeccable. Then consider the cost.
Hire a Competent Commercial Construction Company
At Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc, we are happy and honored to answer any commercial contractor company questions you have. If you are looking for a commercial contractor in Southeast Michigan, contact us today for a free consultation