What to Consider Before Hiring A Commercial General Contractor
Hiring the right commercial general contractor for your commercial project is an important decision. You want the project completed quickly, correctly, and efficiently. These are some things to consider before hiring a commercial construction company.
The experience counts for a lot in the commercial construction industry. The company’s body of work and length of time in business will help in determining if they will be the right fit for your project. Be sure to take a look at past projects and clients. Look for similar projects to yours in their portfolio. Projects that you can have a conversation about.
New commercial construction will require your contractor to build your project to architectural and engineered plans. You project will most likely require an experienced Project Manage and a Project Superintendent to complete it on time. Does your commercial construction company have the manpower, experience and resources to complete your project?
Good communication is key to excelling at any type of project, especially before hiring a commercial construction company. Steady, efficient, and informative communication will ensure the project gets done right – on time, on budget. Figure out your main point of contact before signing with a company. Make sure they are flexible enough to meet your communication needs. Do they respond in a timely manner? Will they be easily accessible throughout the project?
Does the commercial general contractor have collaborative software that will make communication with client, architect, subcontractors, and general contractor seamless? Sharing of information is vital in today’s construction environment. Getting information to all stakeholders contemporaneously is very important in completing a project within budget and on time.
Does the contractor have a practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values?
Ask for references from the contractor. Find out what the past clients experiences were with the contractor. Were their project’s completed on time and within budget?