How to Hire a Commercial Construction Contractor: Questions to Ask
Updated: Oct 8, 2021
Whether it's for a commercial renovation or new construction, a business owner will need to hire a commercial construction contractor to complete the project for them. Commercial construction requires this specific professional for a few reasons. For starters, there are rules and regulations that must be followed in order for the building to be up to code.
You must also keep in mind that the quality of the construction will directly affect your business and potential clients/customers depending on what type of building/business it is. You want to ensure that your commercial building is safe and can provide the type of space you need for your business.
In order to have this peace of mind, you'll need to find a commercial construction contractor who's reputable and provides quality work. How can you ensure the contractor you hire is up to these standards?
In the guide below, you'll find several questions you should ask your contractor before hiring them. Continue reading below to learn more!
What's Your Background Experience?
One of the first questions you can ask a contractor before hiring them is about their background and experience. Ask how long they've been in business. Do they have experience completing other projects similar to yours?
It's important to note that not all contractors have the same type of construction experience. If you need a commercial contractor for a specific type of project, then make sure they have past experience completing other projects similar to the one you need to be done.
How long a contractor's been in business is also a significant factor. A contractor that's been in business for several years shows their dedication. It's also a sign that they know what they're doing and how to keep clients happy.
Will There Be a Project Manager?
What type of commercial construction management will be on the site? Having a project manager there is essential because they'll oversee the project to ensure everything's being done correctly and on time. Without a project manager, there might not be a good way to determine how much work's being done on a daily basis and if things are on schedule or not.
After asking about a project manager, you should then ask who the project manager is. How can you keep in contact with the project manager during the process? Will this be the person you ask questions to?
Will you get to meet with this person before the project begins? Keep these questions in mind when determining who's the right fit for you.
Do You Have a Portfolio?
Next, you may want to ask if they have a portfolio. It's always a good idea to see what type of work they've done in the past. It's one thing to ask if they've completed projects similar to yours, but it's another thing to see it for yourself.
Many contractors will have portfolios of past projects they've completed. This is especially true for reputable contractors who provide quality services and are proud of their work. View their portfolio and speak with the contractor about things you believe suit your style and which things don't in regards to their past projects.
The contractor can then use this information to construct a commercial property you'll love. If you view a portfolio and don't like what you see, then you may want to look at other contractor's portfolios.
Can You Provide Me With References?
Now that you've seen the work they've completed in the past, you can ask to speak with references. Ask the contractor to provide you with a list of references for you to contact. Even if you only receive one or two references, this is better than none.
Contact each reference they give you and ask a few questions. For example, you may want to ask if they're happy with the work the contractor provided them and if they'd hire them again. You can also take the time to read reviews online.
Visit contractor websites and social media pages to find reviews left by past clients. You may also be able to find reviews on review websites. This can give you an idea about what to expect from them yourself.
What Does the Timeline Look Like?
When you're planning a project, timing is important. Don't forget to ask what the timeline will look like. Do you need the project completed by a certain time?
Is the contractor able to finish the project by then? You should also keep in mind that you'll need to be realistic about project timelines. A good contractor will be honest and upfront about the timeline and cost, rather than simply telling you what you want to hear.
Once they give you a completion date, you can then plan other aspects of your business around this date.
Do You Have a License and Insurance?
A reputable contractor will have a license and an insurance policy. Do be sure to ask to see proof of their license. You should then ask to see proof of insurance and inquire about the type of coverage it provides as well.
If an accident or injury were to happen on your property, who's liable? The contractor's insurance should be there to protect both you and them if anything were to happen. Otherwise, you could be liable.
How Will You Charge for the Project?
One of the last things to inquire about is the commercial construction costs. How much will the project cost you? Is the contractor able to give you an estimate of the cost?
Will they off warranties and guarantees on their work? A contractor who offers these is someone who trusts their own work and quality of materials and isn't afraid to offer a warranty or guarantee.
Have You Found a Commercial Construction Contractor?
Have you found the right commercial construction contractor for your project? Use the helpful information above to guide you throughout the process of hiring one.
At Honey Construction, we offer a wide range of construction services and strive to deliver excellence while completing projects on time. Contact us today to request a quote!