Hiring the right contractor is, hands down, the most important decision you’ll make during the course of your construction project. The wrong contractor can end up costing you thousands in mistakes and delays. Keep reading to learn the five most common mistakes people make when hiring a general contractor and how you can avoid them.
- You choose the lowest price
Shopping around until you find a contractor who is drastically underbidding the competition may seem like a quick and easy way to save money but it can end up costing you big time in. Rock bottom prices are often a sign that the contractor will cut corners with low quality materials and shoddy work. Look for a combination of stellar service, excellent value and then cost to find the commercial general contractor offering the best value for your dollar.
- You hire the wrong guy for the job
Like many other industries, construction has specialists. Choose a commercial general contractor that has experience working on projects similar to yours. Some contractors specialize in residential construction projects while others, like Edmonton’s Tri-Stad Construction, are experts in commercial construction projects.
- You’re not thinking about relationships
Establishing strong working relationships with commercial construction professionals will foster loyalty on both sides. If you’re a loyal customer, your contractor will be more likely to prioritize your project and go out of his way to make sure you’re satisfied. Likewise, if you’ve established a good working relationship with your contractor you’ll always know you’ve got someone you can trust to get the job done right.
- You’re in a rush
Rushing the contractor will force him to rush his subcontractors and then, without fail, mistakes will be made. Don’t focus solely on finding someone who can get the job done as quickly as possible, focus on finding a commercial general contractor who can get the job done right. Most construction projects encounter setbacks at one point or another so be flexible.
- You didn’t ask for references or guarantees
Choose a contractor who can provide you with plenty of references and who offers some sort of guarantee of their work. Browse their company website for testimonials or ask for a list of past projects that you can check out. Reputable contractors, like Tri-Stad Construction, have the skills and the confidence to guarantee their work.
If you’re looking for a commercial general contractor for your next big commercial construction project, think Tri-Stad Construction. We’ve been proudly serving the Edmonton area for more than 30 years and we look forward to serving you too. Contact us today to learn more.