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How to choose a commercial contractor

When choosing a commercial contractor most people get several quotes. There is often an inclination to choose the one that provided the lowest cost quote. However, there is more involved when choosing the right contractor for your job.

  1. Be wary of cheap quotes

Sometimes a cheap quote seems appealing, however, choosing on price alone can be risky. It may be that in order to keep the price low the quote has excluded some things that lead to problems once the construction process commences. This can then push prices above what the competitors quoted anyway. You may find that the project quality and schedule fall below expectations as a result.

2. References

Most contractors will tell you that they have great practices, high quality and can meet the schedule. However, the best way to determine this in a transparent way is to ask for references. Talk to other business owners or architects and engineers that have worked with the contractor. References are a great way to ensure that you are choosing the right contractor to meet your needs.

3. Safety

Safe work practices is critical. There may be times when the contractors staff are working amongst your own staff, and safety for all of these people is paramount. Safety incidents can cause bad publicity for both the contractor and yourself. Ask your contractor about their safe work practices and what they do on a day to day basis to ensure that the employees are safe.

4. Schedule

Always ensure that your contractor provides you with a detailed schedule so that you both know the important milestones that need to be achieved. It is important to ensure that your contractor understands your business critical dates.

5. Experience

Not all contractors are equal. Ensure that your contractor has experience doing the type of work that you require. Understand what the experience that they have and that of their staff. Make sure you bring your contractor on early in the planning process so that the can assist in the development stage, this will help ensure that the engineers and architects design something that is easier to construct which will in the long run save you time and money.

6. Check out their website

A company website can help you establish the specialties of each contractor. They also often list their completed projects so you can see first hand some of the jobs they have completed.

7. Relationship

It is critical that you have a contractor whom you can develop a strong relationship with. The project will be more successful if there is open communication and trust between you and the contractor. So when you first meet with them, ask questions to determine if it will be a good fit for both you and the contractor.