What is a commercial contractor?
General contractors come in all shapes and sizes and with different type of credentials to build and repair homes and commercial buildings. Commercial construction is quite a bit different than a normal home building contractor as there are many different building codes and requirements when you are renovating or constructing a new business office or building. Electrical codes are different, plumbing, framing, fire sprinklers, doors and exits along with specific minimum widths of hallways and doorways. It is important that the contractor you choose not only holds a license, but one that is specific to commercial construction.
Questions you should ask your building contractor
1. Ask for and about their business history. Learn how long the contractors have been in business, what type of license they hold and what work they do.
2. Other project they have worked on? References are important to see how they work with their customers, how efficient they are and how well they perform the work.
3. Do they do the work, do they have a super or point of contact? It’s important to have a company point of contact on the construction site. Don’t rely on subcontractors for this role.
4. Make sure they are Insured and bonded? Find out what type of liability insurance and workers compensation they carry and that all site workers are covered.
5. Timelines are important? Establish a timeline and deadlines, to make sure your projects stays on track and finishes within a reasonable time frame
6. Know what payments are required? Be open and straight when we talking about the money. Details matter and knowing when payments are due and how much they will be ensures everyone is on the same page.
Construction information source; Phoenix Remodel