Questions to ask when hiring commercial building contractors

Questions to ask when hiring commercial building contractors Cheslyn Building Contractors
Any commercial construction project will take up a significant amount of your company’s resources-time, money, and effort. As such, you must gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision. Remember, you will be working with your commercial contractor for the duration of the project, and it just makes sense that you work with a company you’re comfortable with and whose team members you can confidently speak with to ensure that the project is on track. So what all important questions should you ask when hiring commercial building contractors?

Have you worked on similar projects?

Perhaps the most important question you can ask your general contractor is regarding their experience with the specific project you are hiring them for. It is important to hire a contractor that has done jobs like yours in the past, so that you know their experience and knowledge will lead to the finished product you need.

What is your safety record?

Companies that keep good records on safety concerns and address any problems that develop as quickly as possible are happy to offer them as evidence of their ability to keep a project moving. Workplace injuries slow things down and companies that get defensive about their safety record are usually trying to hide something, with serves as a major red flag. Working with a company that takes a lackadaisical approach to the vital concept of safety no doubt will do it in other areas.

What accreditations do you have?

Accreditation is the recognition of credibility, authority or ability in a given field and involves rigorous auditing and assessments. Organisations are required to not only standardise their procedures and processes, but to also document and implement them. In that case, accredited companies are known to have effective systems that lead to customer satisfaction.

Can you manage the whole build process?

One of a commercial contractor’s primary job responsibilities is managing the construction process from start to finish. This includes overseeing the planning and design phase, how and where the materials should be installed, and coordinating with the various other general contractors, subcontractors, and vendors involved in the project from electricians to plumbers, to plasterers and decorators.

Do you have any customer testimonials?

Ask to view previous client testimonials and look for specific mentions of quality, budget and overall customer satisfaction. A good building company will always strive to be open and transparent and offer realistic expectations when it comes to time, budget and also what to expect and when. Testimonials and evidence of a solid team working well together are key indicators of reliability.

What is the timeline of the project?

Set project expectations right there and then by establishing a timeline and deadlines. These should detail start dates and end dates, with a realistic allowance for uncontrollable factors like the weather. Ask around and compare the timelines different contractors give you. The right contractor should guide you through the complex commercial construction process and proceed with the project with transparency and commitment to keep it moving according to plan.
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