Finding a general contractor can be a daunting task, especially for those embarking on their first commercial construction project. Attempting to blindly search for a contractor at your time of need can be confusing and stressful. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.
To avoid unnecessary stress, CM Black offers this useful tip: Begin making introductions and networking before you need a contractor. In doing so, you may identify potential candidates, gain industry insight and get a better idea of what to look for in a contractor. Then, when you do need to hire someone, you can easily evaluate candidates based on information you’ve already obtained.
Here are a few tips CM Black gives for finding qualified general contractors:
- Ask friends and family for referrals
- Get referrals from business contacts
- Contact companies who have worked with a contractor in the past, and ask them about their experience
- Don’t make decisions based on price alone. Ask yourself – Is a candidate able to bid low because they are able to save you money without sacrificing quality, or are they simply less qualified?
- Look into trade organizations like the Associated General Contractors of America. Trade organizations are a great place to start, as their websites give great insight into contractors in your region. Also check to see if there are any events coming up where you might be able to network with potential candidates.