When it comes to commercial construction businesses, there are no shortages of companies to choose from. With so many options, it can make it difficult to find the right partner to bring their project to fruition. Finding the right company means doing research, which in this case means asking the right questions.
Here are some top questions to bring up to any potential construction outfits you may considering.
What’s the company history?
Look for companies that have a long-standing history and established track record. They likely are bidding the market rate for such projects because they have a strong sense of exactly how much a job will cost. If the bid comes in ridiculously low, it’s likely they would have to cut some corners or don’t have the experience. In addition, some companies only focus on specific types of buildings, like office structures or storefronts. Look for specialists in what you’re trying to do.
Show us your previous work
Quality construction companies will be more than happy to show examples of their work. They know that such work shows their company in the best possible light. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and ask if they have had repeat business from the same company.
What’s the timeline for this project?
All construction jobs should have a timeline prepared from beginning to end. The schedule should have enough flexibility built in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen delays. If a prospective company promises a completion that dramatically differs from other quotes – again be cutting corners to meet deadlines. And if you have a fairly reasonable timeline and the company has a problem meeting them, it’s a huge red flag – time to bail out.
How are you with safety?
You want a company that takes safety seriously. Workplace injuries slow things down and companies that get defensive about their safety record are usually trying to hide something — again – major red flag. If they don’t take safety seriously, what else do they not take seriously?roach to the vital concept of safety no doubt will do it in other areas.
How do you project costs?
With the cost of materials fluctuating like never before, it pays to have experienced commercial construction companies with established relationships with suppliers. Nobody wants to be blindsided with hidden additional costs that are a source of aggravation. Regardless of fluctuation, a reputable company will be able to offer a list of fixed costs on an invoice.
The biggest and most important of all is communication. You want to make sure the company is going to provide you with periodic updates and benchmarks so you can ensure the project stays on time and on budget.
If you’re interested in exploring a commercial building opportunity, reach out to one of the area’s most respected construction companies in Cleveland, Fiorilli Construction!
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