Choosing a Contractor: What to before hiring a contractor

Toronto Construction

You’ve made the decision to take on a commercial renovation project or build, what’s next? You’ll want to start the beginning stages of planning your project and get an idea of the estimated overhead costs. You’ll be more confident when meeting with potential contractors, and have a clearer vision of what you want your finished project to look like. Depending on your project, below we help you figure out what you should do before hiring your contractor. 

Do You Have A Plan?

Having a plan and design goal for your space will benefit you greatly. A design plan is like a roadmap for your project, as it will compile all of your timelines, budget, concept, and priorities of your space. Your plan may include floor plans, lighting plans, and colour schemes. It will be a great reference if things derail or you want to make changes that might affect each other.

Understand The Type Of Contractors Available To You

Contractor 

For a big project, there are two main types of contractors: General contractors and subcontractors. A general contractor will act as your project manager and oversee the development of your project. General contractors usually do not perform any labour, but they hire skilled tradesmen as subcontractors. 

Subcontractor 

Contractors hire skilled tradesmen as subcontractors to complete the project. They usually perform specialized forms of labour such as plumbing, roofing, and carpet installation.

Do Your Research

One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a quality contractor is to ask around and do your research. A quick internet search will direct you to forums of others who have worked with commercial contractors and will be more than willing to tell you about their experiences. Inquiring with your friends and business associates, if they have worked with commercial contractors, will give you an idea of how they perform, and the bonus is you’ll get to see first hand how their finished products look. 

Many contractors have photos of their work online. While pictures are great, seeing their work in person will make your decision easier. Ask your potential contractor if you can see a project that is currently in the works. You will not only get to see how they manage their workers but also how they maintain the daily operations of a project. 

Consider More Than The Price

Unless you are under a tight budget, money shouldn’t be the main deciding factor when choosing a commercial contractor. You will be risking your project being completed with substandard materials and rushed construction methods. You should be looking for a contractor that can complete the project within your projected time frame, and meet your quality expectations. 
Contact Green Frog Construction for all of your commercial construction needs. We have built a reputation for consistency, efficiency, and prowess. With a number of finished projects in the retail, corporate, hospitality, and technology sectors, we have the experience and skills to bring your vision to life.


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