When beginning any construction project, finding the right general contractor for your needs is important to the success of the project. Spending more time before the start of a project to looking for the right quality general contractor that is the best fit can end up saving money, hours of time and headaches. While the contractors quoted cost can and should be a major factor when making the decision, it should not be the only factor. There are numerous considerations and certain things to look out for when choosing a general contractor. Here are some few pointers to consider:
The first thing you can do is to ask yourself that: Does the general contractor have the experience required to meet the scope of the project?
- • With any project, it is vital to equate the skills of the general contractor with the work that needs to be finished.
- • Ask the general contractor about their distinctive capabilities and whether they have performed similar types of work before.
The second thing to ask yourself is: Does the general contractor have sufficient resources at their disposal?
- • A strong network of suppliers and subcontractors. Your contractor should have no doubts about telling you where he gets his materials if he is an upstanding client.
- • Adequate workforce to handle the task especially for larger projects, you should ask yourself these critical questions, does this general contractor have enough workforce on both the administrative and project management sides to take on my project?
Does the general contractor communicate effectively with subcontractors and customers?
- • Never underestimate the importance of effective communication between subcontractors and customers. It keeps projects running effectively, smoothly and on time.
- • It’s vital to choose a general contractor that is skilled at getting the ideas of clients into reality and then effectively communicate what needs to be done with subcontractors to best achieve goals and objectives.
Does the general contractor have good references regarding performance on previous projects?
- • To get accurate information, ask for contact information from their most recently or at least five completed projects of similar contract value or you are likely to get the clients that they feel would give them an excellent recommendation.
- • When you call the references, specifically ask about quality, safety incidents, number and value of change order and schedule.
Does the general contractor have a strong financial record?
- • Having a healthy balance sheet is a very important quality to look for in a general contractor. If a general contractor is financially responsible for their own business practices, then it is a good sign that they will manage the costs of your project responsibly as well.
- • Keep in mind that a quoted cost does not always turn out to be the actual end cost – the most responsible contractors do their research in order to give accurate estimates.