Tip 2 – Obtain Bids
The client should obtain 3-5 competitive bids for the project. Since bids will be coming from different companies they may vary greatly in terms of details and length. However, the best bid will be the one with the most comprehensive services and years of experience. Keep in mind that unreasonably low bids may indicate a lack of industry experience. The lowest cost does not always equate to the best value and a poor job will lead to more expenses in the future. Therefore, choose a contractor whose prices are in reason. Furthermore, review the bid for listed materials, taking a close look at the suppliers and manufacturers of these materials to ensure only top quality products will be used.
Tip 3 – Ask the Right Questions
The right contractor will be an expert in the type of work that needs to be done. Going into any commercial renovation project is a huge task. Therefore, choose a contractor who specializes in the type of project that the building owner needs. For example, is the contractor a general contractor who normally works on industrial projects or do they only specialize in roofing? Before committing to a commercial contracting project have a good understanding of the contractor’s scope of experience.
Also delve deeply into their reputation and work ethic. Here are several very important questions to ask commercial contractors prior to making a final hiring decision:
- How many years has the contractor been in business?
- What are the specifications of the work to be completed?
- Will there be any inconveniences to the occupants of the building?
- How will the client’s people and property be protected?
- How does the contractor approach safety on the job—does the contractor have a safety plan in place or a safety advisor on staff?
Tip 4 – Ask For References
Always ask for references. Speaking directly with other building owners who have worked with the contractor will provide a good indication of how the contractor works. References can be asked specific questions such as:
- Was the job completed based on the client’s specifications?
- Was the job completed in a timely manner?
- Would the client hire the contractor again or refer the contractor to friends or family?