If you are about to start a commercial construction project, there will be a number of decisions to be made. The first decision will be choosing a commercial contractor, such as one from Thompson Builders, to head up the entire project. Now, this is probably the most important decision since this person is going to be in charge of everything – next to you, of course. Here are a few dos and don'ts as you begin your search of a commercial contractor:
1. Do Your Homework.
Hiring a commercial contractor is a huge investment, so you want to make sure you do plenty of research prior to hiring someone. There are several ways in which you can do this, including looking at online reviews and asking your friends and colleagues. When you have a short list, you want to make sure that you find out how long each one has been in business, ask about their qualifications, etc.
2. Don't Take the Lowest Bid.
You will want to make sure that you get several quotes from the contractors, but the last thing that you will want to do is to take the lowest bid from the contractors that turn in the bids. Yes, it will be tempting to take that low quote; however, you need to balance price and quality.
3. Do Ask Questions.
Hiring a commercial contractor is just like anything else, so you will want to make sure that you ask them plenty of questions. You want to ask these upfront rather than after the project has already started. You need to know everything you can about the contractors before you decide who you will enter into an agreement with. Some questions you may want to ask include:
- How many similar jobs have you completed before?
- How many have been in the past 12 months?
- How long do they take? If the duration seems too long, ask them why.
- May I have references of previous customers?
- What type of insurances and licenses do you carry? Request proof.
4. Don't Sign a Contract Unless You Understand It.
Once you have decided on a commercial contractor for your project, it is time to come to an agreement between you and the contractor. It is very important that this is in writing even if it is not required by the state. Before signing it, though, make sure that you read over it and fully understand it. If there is something that is not clear to you, you may want to speak to a lawyer to help you understand what you're agreeing to and to ensure that it is fair before you sign on the dotted line.