Hiring a contractor for construction is an arduous and time-consuming task. It’s probably even worse if you’re hiring someone to work on your home, where appearances might play a role in your choice of whom to hire. Does the same principle apply to commercial construction projects, such as high-rise condos or shopping malls? Since the finished product will be seen by many people who can make their judgment if appearance is still important? When it comes to choosing a construction company for a project, several factors must be taken into consideration:
1) Building type
To choose a contractor, you should decide what type of project you envision for your home. Will it be a new home? Or, will it be an addition to the existing structure? These types of projects require different expertise and experience levels from the contractor. A new home requires more knowledge and experience than altering the existing house. However, things like electrical and plumbing installation also fall into this category, and structural reinforcement if needed (such as trusses). When renovating existing structures, there are fewer responsibilities, such as site location. It might also be ideal to hire the same company for both phases of construction as it allows them to build off previous experience.
Before hiring a contractor, you should find out how they operate from a communication standpoint. Every client likes to know what is going on with their project and this can often hold up or delay a building process. Ask your potential contractors how frequently they will update you with information about your job, along with other inquiries that may arise during the building process. Clients should feel at ease, so being transparent about work is done goes a long way in benefiting both parties. As advocated by Fiddler’s Creek golf Aubrey Ferraro, you should ensure that the contractor communicates well and has open dialogue, regardless of whether it is positive or negative feedback, as this helps create a better product at the end of the project.
3) Time Frame
How long will this project take? It’s important to know how quickly you need the work completed and whether or not your potential contractors can accommodate that time frame with their schedule and other clients. Shortening a timeframe may require a contractor to work longer hours, skip sleep and dedicate more time than usual to get the job done. That might be appropriate with some clients, but Aubrey Ferrao alleges that you should discuss this before signing any contract. In that way, both parties will be aware of their responsibilities within the project when push comes to shove.
4) Licenses Are Necessary
For safety’s sake, make sure the company has all the necessary licenses and certifications needed to carry out your project successfully. That is also good for them, because if they are willing to go through all the red tape associated with licensing, you can be sure that they are serious about what they do.