The Top 6 Questions to Ask All Commercial Construction Vendors
If you’re looking for a contractor to complete a commercial construction project, you want to pick the best vendor for the project. Construction Labor Contractors, a trusted name in construction staffing, has some tips for the best questions to ask a commercial construction vendor so you have all the information you need when evaluating bids.
Are you insured?
This is probably the most obvious questions. A good commercial construction vendor will protects its clients by making sure all insurance is current. A vendor who doesn’t carry current insurance is a huge liability in the event of an injury or possible property damage, so be sure to ask to see a valid copy of their current insurance policy.
Do you have a claim record?
A claim record will allow you to asses how often clients have been dissatisfied with a commercial construction vendors work or service. The Better Business Bureau and other relevant industry associations will have this information. Though this information may help you determine if a vendor is right for you, it’s important to remember that no one can please everyone 100% of the time. So take this information in context with the other things you learn during your vetting process.
Can you provide references?
References can help you determine how long a contractor has been in business and who they typically work with. You can ask for client, vendor and bank references to help you gauge their reputation in the community and any potential risks. References from past customers will be important to check so you have a clear idea of their overall experience with the contractor.
Do you provide guarantees?
Asking what kind of guarantee a contractor provides, and whether or not you can get it in writing, will you an impression of how they stand behind their work. When reading a guarantee make sure to go over the fine print, and ask as many questions as you need to in order to make yourself comfortable before hiring any vendor.
What is your past work history?
When working with a commercial construction contractor or vendor you want to make sure they’ve successfully completed projects similar to yours. This will also give you opportunities to learn about their current certifications and licenses.
How often do you complete projects in the quoted timeframe?
For this you’ll likely hear and answer like “most always” or “nearly all of the time” rather than an actual percentage. Pay less attention to the direct answer and try to learn more about whether or not the potential contractor has a tendency to be over-extended or whether they have a history of under-estimating the timeframe needed to complete work. You can also gain more insight for this answer as you talk to their references and past customers.
The commercial construction industry is constantly evolving, and the demand for work is increasing in a response to the growing industry. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you’re working with the best contractors.
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