How to Choose Your Ideal Building Contractors


Choosing the right building contractors for you can be a difficult process. Construction is a lengthy, expensive process, and it’s critical that the job always gets done right. The building contractors working on your new business will not only shape how soon you can open, but also how much work your building needs done in the future.

With all this in mind, choosing the right contractor can feel like a lot of pressure. However, it doesn’t have to be.

Here at JG Bowers, we believe that transparency goes a long way when working with a contractor. That’s why we’re taking this month’s blog post to discuss the qualities you should look for in your building contractors.

Reputation, Reputation, Reputation

Reputation is almost always a solid indicator for which building contractors are right for you. Over the long period of time that commercial construction takes, clients and building contractors will get to know one another pretty well. Critical aspects of long-term work such as communication, transparency, organization, and professionalism will reveal themselves as the work continues. We recommend that you choose someone with all of the above traits in order to increase the chances of a highly successful build. To figure out which building contractors have these qualities, ask around or simply read customer testimonials.

Punctuality and Reasonable Time Frames

Another quality to search for in the ideal building contractors is punctuality.

Punctuality isn’t just a measurement of being “on time,” but also a measurement of foresight, follow through, and fair estimates. Sometimes, less experienced contractors may give you an overly optimistic estimate on the time frame of your job. While some contractors may be dishonest about timing (see the previous section for weeding out those types), others may simply fail to consider possible difficulties ahead.

When you meet with a contracting candidate, you can infer whether or not they’re failing to consider key difficulties by asking these questions:

  • How long are the lead times on the materials?
  • Are there any obstacles that you think may crop up?
  • Will permit delays add a significant amount of time?

When you ask these questions, listen closely to how your contractor adjusts their time frame. A calculating professional will demonstrate how these issues are already built into their time frame, or at least detail how they impact the time frame. However, inexperienced building contractors may not have a satisfying answer for you or may try to brush it off as unlikely. If they do, this could indicate that they haven’t truly considered the possible obstacles your build could face.

When it comes to deciding on the right building contractors, you shouldn’t have to put your faith (and your money) in the hands of someone you’re unsure about. With decades of experience, dozens of projects, and a team of professionals at the ready, we at JG Bowers have the experience to build your project. Click here to contact us today.

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