October 10, 2020 – Commercial Real Estate is booming in Central Florida. According to the Orlando Business Journal, Orlando ranked No. 2 on the Coldwell Bankers Commercial Real Estate top performers list. It is no secret that the dust has settled and it is about time to see some serious growth in our area.
Most medium to large construction jobs is handled by general contractors like Birchmier Construction, Inc. They are responsible for making sure a project is completed within the bid price agreed upon in their contract. They hire subcontractors to do their specialties like roofing or lighting but overall the construction job is their responsibility.
It can get a bit overwhelming looking online or through word of mouth to find the best general contractor for your project. Here are a few tips on what to look for before hiring someone for your construction project whether it be residential or commercial.
ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A GENERAL CONTRACTOR
If you’re working with an architect, there is a high possibility they have some names in mind. They have plenty of jobs that come across their desk. The likelihood they have a good rapport with a general contractor is in your favor. When you narrow down your choices, do some research online as to any projects they have completed. If they have projects that are similar to yours, reach out to them to get a feel as to how they work and whether your personality meshes with theirs. You will be working with them for a good period, and want to be weary of friction right off the bat.
Ask your friends and colleagues how it is to work with this contractor. Word of mouth is still the best way to get information especially from people you have worked with in the past.
QUESTION, QUESTION, QUESTION
After doing your research and narrowing down to who you might want to work with, gather some questions. You are making an investment in a building project. The general contractor you work with should be sensitive to your needs and answer anything that might ail you before starting the project. Here are some things you might ask:
How much experience do you have with this type of work?
Who will be supervising the construction site?
What kind of work will your employees perform (besides the subs)?
What is your company’s greatest strength?
What is the average cost per square foot for a project like this?
The general contractor is the authority when it comes to constructing your building.
GET IT IN WRITING
Before starting any job, be sure to get all your “I’s” dotted and “T’s” crossed. All communication regarding important changes needs to be signed off and approved. Read the contract carefully before signing your name on the bottom line. Anything can happen on a job site. Make sure the general contractor and his subs are insured. They are responsible for everything on your job site.
DON’T PICK THE LOWEST BIDDER
Well, if the lowest bidder is the best option, then it’s okay. Take a look at all of the general contractors interested in your job. Weigh the pros and cons of each of them and get your research together. Sometimes the lowest bidder might become the biggest headache by the end of your project.
Birchmier Construction, Inc. takes pride in their process. With over 25 years of experience, they have been able to ensure the process from bidding to COO is smooth. Take a look at the BCI Delivery System to learn more.