Construction projects are typically months- to years-long endeavors. Suffice it to say, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the construction team you ultimately end up choosing. Discovering things like major budget oversights made by your GC or their failure to communicate essential project information is not something you want to encounter a third or half of the way into the build.
As you evaluate potential general contractors and other critical players on your build team, like architects, engineers and subcontractors, ask the tough questions and stay particularly attuned to these 3 important areas:
- Credibility – Do they do what they say and say what they do? Can you rely on them to follow through on their commitments and be trustworthy? In the construction industry, there are a lot of people just saying whatever they think their potential customers want to hear without any real plan or resources to be able to follow through.
- A credible contractor is one who has superb references, ticks all the boxes in terms of licenses, bonding and insurance requirements, and is forthcoming about their background and experiences – specifically as they relate to your project goals.
- Expertise – How much experience do they have in the local market? What projects have they completed that are similar to yours? For example, if you’re taking on a medical renovation, you absolutely need a team who is well versed in Florida AHCA builds along with the host of requirements and paperwork that goes with them.
- Availability – You might find the perfect architect for your project, but are they available when you need them? It’s not uncommon for some subcontractors to be booked out at least six months to a year. Factoring in skills and qualifications along with availability can be a real challenge, especially if you don’t already have a working relationship with them.
Choosing the right construction crew requires you to evaluate both tangible and intangible factors. What is their record of workmanship? What do their references have to say about their credibility and follow-through?
But also, do you mesh in terms of communication style and personality? In order to collaborate on the build, there must be trust and transparency. As you interview potential contractors and vendors, be sure to keep these ideals front and center.
At Seacoast Construction, what you see is what you get. We are open, honest, and transparent and have a proven track record of success. If you have questions about the local South Florida market or need help understanding a bid you received from another contractor, come talk to us. We’ll tell it to you straight. Get in touch to schedule a free consultation.
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