A qualified contractor, Marquee Edmonton, can make a huge difference to your commercial construction project by anticipating potential pitfalls, ensuring the right subcontractors are hired, communicating efficiently with all those involved and helping the whole project to run on time and to budget.
If you are considering undertaking a commercial construction project, how can you be sure to choose a reliable and knowledgeable general contractor? What are the steps you should take to find a contractor that will help your project succeed?
Firstly, it is useful to bear in mind the practical point that commercial contractors are not looking to take advantage of clients. The vast majority are honest, reliable and take their profession seriously. Undoubtedly, there are horror tales about unscrupulous operators, but these tales are told because they are horrendous, not because they are common. That being said, nobody wants to have such a terrible story to tell and it is necessary to put in measures to ensure the bad apples are not picked.
To achieve this there are a number of filters you should apply to sort out the bad from the good. However, we should start with a filter you should not apply. It is undeniably attractive to find a contractor willing to undertake the work well within your budget, but rather than seizing this opportunity to make some savings (as a surprising number do), take a moment to consider whether the savings will be worth it. After all, we would likely pause for thought if one dentist was happy to take out our tooth for much less than the competitors. If a cut-price dentist raises the possibility that something will go wrong and end up costing us much, much more (as well as a dose of pain), the same possibility has to be considered for our commercial construction project.
Firstly, the prospective contractor should be able to provide proof they are an authorized body . They should be able to provide you with proof of their registration and have insurance. Moreover, they should have a readily available list of their previous work and recent referrals.
Before being hired any contractor worth considering will produce a preliminary version of a contract. Although only a draft this will provide a detailed breakdown of phases of work and their scope and include the materials used. This submission, its level of detail and standard of professionalism are key to assessing how knowledgeable and qualified the contractor is. .
A number of key aspects of the draft contract can help you assess the contractor. Firstly, completion dates should be written into the contract. A contractor’s ability to set realistic dates for projects end indicates their level of expertise. Furthermore, the contract should break down the project into a series of milestones. It will also include the timing of these milestones, the work to be completed and the payment schedule associated with the completion of these milestones.
Furthermore, a clear indicator of a professional contractor is that they will present you with a set of options to value engineer your project. This could involve replacing certain materials with alternatives that, while less expensive, would not alter the appearance or function of the project. In this way a good contractor can hand you the possibility of making substantial savings.
Finally, it is always best to judge a potential contractor on what they do rather than what they tell you they will do. Good general contractors will be willing to provide you with full, detailed information as they are confident in their knowledge and work.