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5 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Contractor by Cleo Gib

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5 Tips for Choosing a Commercial Contractor

Hiring the best commercial contractor in Sacramento can be the most challenging part of a construction project. It’s critical to the success of your project that you do not rush this process. As frustrating as it may be, it’s important to interview several contractors and check references to make sure that the contractor is the perfect fit for your project. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect contractor for your next commercial project.

Ask for Personal References from Your Social Circle

Just because you have a commercial project on the horizon doesn’t mean that friends and families cannot be valuable resources for recommendations. You’d be surprised how many of your family members or friends have had experiences with contractors. Personal recommendations should be highly considered because you know those who care for you aren’t going to steer you in the wrong direction.

Check Online

The Internet is a plethora of information. There are an abundance of sites that post reviews of local contractors in Sacramento. These sites can help you avoid the bad contractors, but sometimes they can be misleading. To make sure you’re getting accurate information stick with sites that do not allow contractors to pay for advertising. These sites may tilt reviews to favor paid advertiser. Also, keep to sites that are strictly customer-favored. This means that only past customers are posting reviews and not people hired by the companies.

Check References

From your list of referrals, you should choose 3 or 4 contractors to continue with the selection process. This is a manageable number that will allow you to fully check out the references these companies provide to you. When checking references, ask the following questions:

• Did the contractor and the crew arrive on time each day?

• Were changes to budget or timeframe approved by the customer?

• Did the contractor stick with the original budget?

• Were there additional costs?

• Did the contractor clean up before leaving the job site each day?

Review Proposals Carefully

When you contact potential contractors, you’ll be asking for bids or job proposals. Not all proposals are equal; therefore, you need to make sure you read each proposal thoroughly. What are you looking for? You’ll want to make sure that each proposal outlines how much labor and materials will be. Is there a proposal that appears to be significantly lower than the others? Extremely low bids may not be the best choice. Often, these proposals are too good to be true and misleading. The contractor may be bidding low to get the contract and could come back with add-ons that make the overall cost quite a bit higher than the other bids. Also, inexperienced contractors may bid low because they do not understand the full costs associated with the project. It’s usually best to go with a middle-of-the-road bid.

Ask for Credentials

Commercial projects require a different set of skills than residential projects, especially if the project is rather large. Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured. Also, make sure all the sub-contractors working on the project are equally credentialed. Most well-known, established companies will have the proper licensing and insurance required for commercial construction. However, if you’re dealing with a company you’ve never heard of before, do not be shy about calling to verify licensing and insurance.

Following these five tips will give you a head start with hiring a commercial contractor in Sacramento. In addition to these tips, also ask for a detailed construction plan, a thorough portfolio of completed projects, and make sure the contractor’s communication style matches your expectations. Taking your time with the selection process will ensure successful completion of your project.

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