The commercial construction industry is extremely competitive and multiple companies usually apply for the same job. Before moving forward on a project, it’s always a good idea to look at all your options. You should do some research ahead of time and interview each company to make sure they are the right fit. To get started, here are some questions to ask any commercial construction company before hiring them for your build.
What Are Some Of Your Past Projects?
One of the most important things is to look for a company with the specialized knowledge you need for your particular project. Ask them what are some of the similar projects they’ve done in the past. For example, if you are building a medical facility that requires more complicated security and safety features like radiation shielding and access control, find out if they’ve constructed a medical building before. You can also ask them for references from past customers. Talking to a previous customer can help you really understand what the process is like working with the company.
What Is Your Safety Record?
Commercial construction companies are required to document and report safety issues. Safe working conditions are very important, but what’s just as important is transparency about these issues. The fact is construction is a dangerous job and sometimes workers can get hurt. Asking for this record from a company will not only show you their safety practices, if they provide the information, it shows you are working with an honest company.
What Kind Of Timeline Do You Expect?
Timelines are one of the biggest points of contention between construction companies and clients. Knowing the timeline upfront can make the whole process less stressful. Plus, a reputable company will be completely honest about the timelines from day one and give you a schedule. When reviewing the schedule make sure that the timeline meets your needs, but also allows some flexibility for delays from inclement weather. There’s a happy medium between getting a project done quickly and having it done right.
If Your Cost Proposal Fixed Or Variable?
Another point of contention that can happen is over the costs. Commercial construction projects are a big investment and you want to make sure that it fits within your budget. Some construction companies give a low estimate in hopes of getting the job, only for the client to get hit with a much larger bill at the end. Asking if the costs are fixed or variable can help you determine if they are providing a fully transparent cost projection or if the price will change by the end of the project.
Asking these questions will help you find the best commercial construction company for your project. At Global Construction, we’re fully transparent with all of our clients. We will happily answer these and any other questions you have to ensure you are confident in working with us on the project. Give us a call to learn how we can help you complete your project.