You’ve heard the horror stories. You know that hiring the wrong commercial general contractor is one of the fastest ways to ensure that a construction project turns into a gigantic headache. How do you dodge the danger and have confidence that you’re selecting a qualified GC with the skills and resources to make your commercial or industrial project a success? Here are four tips to help you hire the right commercial general contractor.
1. Don’t focus exclusively on price.
While cost is certainly an important factor, it should never be the determining one. Aside from price, you’ll also want to consider factors for a commercial general contractor such as experience, integrity and a reputation for quality workmanship. Communication is another key aspect of a good working relationship; it’s unnerving and frustrating to deal with a general contractor who does not keep you in the loop regarding your project’s progress. When considering all of these factors, weigh them equally when choosing a commercial general contractor.
2. Find the right candidates.
All general contractors say that they can handle commercial construction projects. Identifying them is as easy as asking friends and associates for referrals or running a quick internet search. While gathering the names, do a little preliminary research to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Ideally, you want an experienced commercial general contractor who is licensed and insured and has a reputation for delivering excellent results. Consider how long the company has been in business and what types of projects they have built. Not all GCs work on every type of commercial project. Some are only public sector and some work only in the private sector. Lastly, make sure your commercial general contractor has experience operating in the geographical area where you plan to build.
3. Conduct interviews.
Of course, make sure to visit the websites of your select commercial general contractors to see if they’d be a perfect match for your commercial project. While these scenarios are encouraging, neither is enough to establish that you’ve found the right commercial contractor for your project. Once you’ve selected a few potential candidates, sit down, face to face, and interview them. Ask plenty of questions and decide if you’re happy with their answers. A reputable contractor should be comfortable fielding inquiries and provide references. You should feel confident that they can handle your project and that you can work with them successfully.
4. Verify credentials and references.
During your interviews, be sure to request a copy of their general contractor’s license, information about their insurance coverage and at least three references. Then, do your homework. Use the information on the license to verify how long the company has been in business and determine if it has been a subject of disciplinary actions or involved in any lawsuits. Check that the insurance coverage is adequate. Finally, call the provided references. Ask about their experience. How would they rate the contractor on communication and customer service? Was the project completed on time and budget? Are they satisfied with the results? If possible, visit some of the buildings the contractor has worked on so that you can see the quality of their work.
Kincaid Construction has been putting up buildings in and around the Orlando area for more than 50 years. There aren’t many Orlando construction companies who can say that. We are firmly committed to providing superior commercial general contractor services. We’d be delighted to add your company to our list of satisfied customers. Contact us today to explore our services and discuss your commercial construction needs.