Whether you are looking for a new car park or a new build unit, choosing a building contractor is an important decision as you’ll be working closely with them for a few months or longer, depending on the project. So, what should you consider when selecting a commercial construction company?
- Have you met the person who will manage the project and do you get on?
It sounds so simple but you will have a range of communications with this person. You need to be able to trust they will do what they say will do and in the agreed timescale. But what happens if there is a problem? Inevitably there could be some bumps in the construction process, do you feel comfortable having open and honest conversations with them?
You should feel comfortable to express concerns and feel confident you will be listened to.
- Have they previously constructed a similar project?
Prior experience means they’ve probably uncovered potential problems in previous construction projects and know how to manage them, making your project run more smoothly.
- Can they provide references?
The construction company should be able to supply references for previous work, so you can learn more about how they operate and see the standard of their work. This is a large investment you are making. You need complete confidence that the standard is fit for purpose.
- How much is it going to cost?
A quotation for commercial construction is usually provided free of charge but it can take some time to pull together due to the level of research required for quotes from suppliers. The cost of construction materials and delivery lead times have changed quite a bit in the past few years. Remember the cheapest quote might not always be the best option. Check the material specification is like for like. Your oak doors won’t have the same finish in plywood!..
- Check online reviews and social media
If the commercial construction company have social media pages, it’s always useful to take a look at what others are saying on their posts and check for online reviews such as Google or Facebook. This helps to build a bigger picture as to what the company is like to work with and the quality of their work and professional relationships.
If you are looking for a commercial construction company in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or South Yorkshire, please feel free to get in touch.