Choosing the right contractor for your unique construction project is no easy feat. You want to ensure they are qualified, have proper expertise, are within budget, and highly value their customers. Here’s a checklist of a few of the key factors to aid in your decision making when choosing the right commercial construction contractor:
A contractor’s qualifications are always the first and foremost factor to consider when deciding whether to hire them for your project. The best choice will have a long history of working within the field, with a robust portfolio of previously completed projects to look over. Proper credentials, such as a CCM (Certified Construction Manager) or CSM (Certified Safety Manager), provides peace of mind that your contractor knows the industry and is knowledgeable on all its working parts. It’s essential that they have a thorough understanding of not only management principles, but also local and federal safety regulations that must be considered throughout the construction process.
A high-quality commercial construction contractor will come at a cost, but that cost is necessary to make sure your project runs seamlessly and meets your desired objectives. However, it’s important to choose a contractor that is transparent about associated costs and provides a payment timeline for when you can expect to pay for services rendered. This price transparency up front can save you lots of time and energy down the line and helps you to make more informed budget decisions about other costs related to your construction project.
Communication is key throughout your construction project, and it’s essential to hire a contractor that meets your communication needs. This means having a quick response time to questions and concerns, relaying information about supply chain concerns or project updates in a timely manner and answering your questions thoroughly throughout the length of the project.
While choosing a quality commercial construction contractor for your project is an important undertaking, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to do your research, ask for referrals, thoroughly review portfolios and customer reviews, and chat at length with potential candidates. Finding a contractor you trust can be a massive foundational step to ensuring your project runs effectively from the planning phase to the finished product.
For 125 years, GCI has worked to carry on our commitment to provide our customers with the best in construction services. To discuss your next project, contact us at gcfirst.com.