Regardless of the industry, size, cost, or nature of a project undertaking, all commercial and industrial construction projects must be handled expertly and cost-effectively. It is important to remember that most of these projects are quite resource-intensive and their implementation work usually undermines normal business operations.
Whether it’s a routine maintenance job, or a seemingly minor repair task, or even a complex infrastructural construction endeavor, you should always expect some disruptions at your place of business. You are also bound to incur some significant financial expenses. This means that you have to be extra careful when undertaking any commercial building and/or construction project and this especially applies to the hiring of a construction contractor. There are very many professional companies offering construction services today and you might find it a bit overwhelming to choose the right one. The following insightful tips should considerably ease this sensitive task for you.
Credentials, Licensing And Insurance
Before you even consider anything else about a potential contractor, you must first check and confirm their industry qualifications and licensing. Building and construction professionals are licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). In order to qualify for a license, a contractor must first operate for 4 years as a journeyman and then sit and pass trade and contractor license law exams. The CSLB also conducts a criminal background check before issuing a practicing license.
A contractor’s career journey starts at the journeyman level before advancing to a foreman than a supervising employee, and finally to a full contractor or owner-builder. You can visit any state’s CSLB website to check on the contractor’s license status, practicing credentials, and his bond & insurance. You will also be able to see any lodged complaints and the subsequent legal penalties.
Experience And Competence
The other consideration regards the functional and operational suitability of the prospective contractor. This is a specific assessment to gauge whether the company or the individual is skilled and experienced enough to successfully and satisfactorily handle your construction project. If you are hiring a construction company for some Anderson milling and asphalt paving work, you need to confirm that the potential contractor specializes in this kind of work.
You should also ensure that the company’s management and workforce are competent enough to handle the task at hand. This includes checking that the company is well equipped with all the necessary cold planing machinery and equipment.
The other crucial factor to consider is the company’s reputation in the construction industry in terms of project handling, client interaction, and its overall professional standing. This is easily assessed using referrals and references from past clients. You should also visit the aforementioned CSLB website to check for any prior customer complaints and any other filed legal issues.
Terms Of Contract
The final consideration is the company’s proposed contractual engagement terms. The project contract should include the overall project bill/cost broken down into specific expenditure elements. You will have to compare this cost with your budget estimate to ensure that it is affordable. You should also consider the contractor’s projected date of task completion. He should not take too long to complete the work because as mentioned above, this will hamper your day-to-day business operations and also delay your usage/access of the project investment to enhance your business or industrial productivity.