9 Key Questions For Your Commercial Contractor Before You Hire Them
Commercial construction projects can be expensive and stressful. Contractors can also be expensive. An unwise choice can also multiply your stress before the project begins. So now you are assigned to face the process of hiring a contractor.
In some locations, there may be a flood contractors competing for all the same business. This is especially true in the commercial arena. In other areas, there may be a lot of contractors, but only a handful of them worthy of the business.
If you are new to the process, you will surely have a flood of questions. But, are they going to be the right questions? Before hiring a contractor, you will want to ask some key questions that could, in the long run, save you a world of cost and stress. It will also ensure that your project will be done to the satisfaction of your organization.
We are going to assume that the obvious questions will already have been answered, like insurance, bonding, etc., because a contractor cannot legally be in business without them. The questions here are more specific to you and your project, and you will want to ask them before giving them a chance to bid.
So here are 9 key questions to ask your contractor before hiring them:
- If your bid is accepted, who will be handling the dialogue with local, county and/or state agencies?
- Will you give me regular updates on how the project is coming together?
- Will I be able to touch bases with you, or a contact person of your choosing, on my project when I choose?
- What basic process are you going to take with the project?
- How will you keep sub-contractors from working out of order?
- How will you keep sub-contractors from working around each other?
- How will you handle design errors?
- How will you handle construction errors?
- How will you handle accidents?
You hire a commercial contractor because you presume that they are the experts. However, that does not mean you need to be a pushover. Be firm. Ask these questions. You have a right – and a responsibility – to be fully informed.
There is an old saying: “The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.” You may even have questions of your own that are not listed here. So by all means, ask questions, especially these nine, before hiring a commercial contractor.