How to Hire a Commercial General Contractor
When hiring a commercial general contractor for your new business, we often think we can simply enter “commercial contractor” into Google and select the first company we speak to. But, hiring a commercial contractor is a big decision that should be carefully researched. If made too hastily, there could be costly consequences such as project delays or inferior workmanship. But, with the helpful tips below, you can find the right contractor for your job, whether it’s building a new restaurant, adding an addition to a hospital or updating an office complex.
- Before you start searching for commercial contractors, create a project plan. Be a specific as possible with what you want designed and constructed. Completing this step first will save you time in the future and will ensure you are hiring the right contractor for the job you need completed.
- Ask for recommendations from other business owners you know and trust. While searching online for commercial contractors in your area is a good idea, asking people you trust for recommendations is even better. They will often give you honest feedback of their experience including both pros and cons.
- Look for a well-established company. How long have they been in business? Do they have a physical address or is it just a PO Box? Do they have a professional-looking website? Answering these questions will help determine the stability of the company.
- Review websites of commercial contractors. You can learn a lot about a company from its website. Look for websites with photos of completed projects, company contact information, and customer testimonials.
- Hire those who are licensed and insured. Interview prospective commercial contractors and ask if they are licensed in your state and insured. It’s an added bonus if they are affiliated with a national trade association.
- Seek experience for your particular project. It’s helpful to work with and hire a commercial contractor who has expertise in the project you’re requesting. For example, don’t hire someone who only works on restaurants to develop the new city hospital.
- Ask for estimates from at least 3 companies. Provide each company with your plan from step 1. This will help to make your comparison more consistent, apples to apples. Consider the total price, cost and type of materials, time to complete the project, and number of people involved for each estimate. Remember: the cheapest option isn’t always the best. If a price seems too good to be true, it just might be.
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