Choosing a good general contractor can be an overwhelming task, but when it comes to choosing a steel building general contractor, your choices may be even more limited. It is critical to educate yourself about the type of work you need to be completed before you meet with contractors.
The more information you have, the better your understanding will be of the language used, which will make the process of translating your goals to the contractor much easier. It will also help you interpret the estimates you receive and to determine if the contractor is overpricing their work.
Here are 5 essential factors to consider when you are choosing a steel building general contractor:
1. Look at the Contractor’s References and Experience
Experience is critical when it comes to choosing a general contractor. Ask the general contractor for references of previous customers, including the location of the building. Make sure to call the references provided and drive by previous buildings completed by the contractor. Being able to see their previous work will give you a better idea of how detailed their work is. You’ll also be able to see what size the buildings were that a particular general contractor has completed.
For example, if you are having a steel commercial building constructed, but the contractor has previously only built residential sheds, they may not have enough experience for a large-scale project. Make sure to check their ratings through the Better Business Bureau as well as local building associations.
2. How Well Does the Steel Contractor Communicate?
Good communication is critical when working with a general contractor. If the contractor does not communicate well with you, it can have a significant effect on the project. During your first meeting with the contractor, pay close attention to how they respond to your questions. For example, is there a delay in responding or are they completely overlooking your questions. Choose a contractor who is willing to communicate with you throughout the entire process of building your steel building.
3. Is That Steel Building Contractor a Green Company?
If you are considering hiring a “green” steel building general contractor, it is essential to ensure the company understands your needs. They also need to have knowledge and experience in this type of project. When it comes to a “green” construction site, this can have a range of meanings for different people. So, make sure you are aware of the company’s intentions. For example, do they recycle while on the job site and do they use recycled materials? These are important questions to ask.
4. What Will Your Steel Building Construction Cost?
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a steel building general contractor is the cost. Keep in mind that in many situations, the cheapest estimates often turn out to be the most expensive. If a contractor provides you with an estimate that is significantly less than the others you have received, ask them why. The same goes for a bid that is much higher than the others. Always ask why. In many cases, the higher bids are higher because the contractor is using higher quality materials. A significantly lower bid may have missing tasks, which will be an expense you won’t be expecting later.
5. Review the Steel Building Construction Contract
The contract is an essential part of the building process. It protects both you and the general contractor. The contract should include the project details, responsibilities of the general contractor, and the cost. If the contractor isn’t offering a contract, it is a red flag. Always have a contract before starting any project. You want to make sure you carefully read the entire document to ensure you understand each phase of the project. Knowing who is responsible for each part of the building process is crucial as well.
When choosing a steel building general contractor, one of the best ways to gather potential candidates for your project is by talking with other steel building owners. Take a drive through the area where you will be building and stop to visit with those who have steel buildings. Ask them who their general contractor was, if they are happy with the final project, and if possible take a tour of the building.
Always make sure you and the contractor are on the same page. They should completely understand what your needs are before signing a contract. You and the contractor should agree on a time-frame for completion of the project. The same for any amount over your budget you are willing to spend. You also need to agree on the hours the company will be on the job site. Finally, you need a backup plan should the construction hit a snag you weren’t expecting.
General Contracting Services at Peak Steel
Contact Peak Steel Contractors for a free estimate on our general contracting services for your next large-scale steel building project in Georgia. Visit us online or call us toll-free at 844-333-7325.