Not everyone is knowledgeable about the construction business, especially when it comes to commercial construction. Even the most experienced business owners don’t always know who to turn to when they need something at their facility built, repaired or expanded.
It’s true that there are a lot of commercial contractors who have great marketing schemes but do a sloppy and potentially hazardous job. Follow these tips to prevent yourself from hiring the wrong contractor for the job. Hiring a good commercial contractor will not only help you save money, but also help you improve your business facility to your complete satisfaction.
How to Tell Commercial Contractors Apart
There are plenty of commercial contractors around who just are out to get the best of your time and money. It’s essential to be vigilant and assertive when checking out potential prospects. Here are a few things to remember when hiring a commercial contractor:
- Ask friends, co-workers and other reliable sources for referrals. Word of mouth is still as powerful as ever, and with good reason. Get first hand recommendations on what commercial contractor did less than satisfactory work, or which one really made the effort to complete the job well and on time, too.
- Google the names of the businesses. More often than not, a commercial contractor will make use of the Internet to advertise their business, introduce their staff and highlight their services. Check whether or not the company that you are eying has great reviews from their previous clients. Watch for potential red flags when customers who have had bad experiences with these contractors air their grievances on the web.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau. Before hiring a commercial contractor, make sure to check out their certification with the BBB or your local Chamber of Commerce. This can turn up surprises in finding out whether the company is legit or fraudulent.
- Request a free quotation. Nowadays, every dollar counts. Call at least three contractors that you have already checked with the BBB, and have them provide you with a free quotation. Be practical and choose the one that can provide you with good quality for a reasonable price.
- Examine previous jobs. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor for references. Talking with previous clients gives you better insight in deciding whether or not this is the contractor you want to work with for a number of months—or even for a few weeks. Compare the quality of the projects done by commercial contractors just by looking at examples of their work.
Research is paramount when you’re planning to hire a commercial contractor with an excellent track record to work on your particular project. No matter what the job, think twice—well ahead of time—about the company you hire.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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