Construction spending and demand continue to rise and show no signs of stopping, which is both good news and bad news for anyone looking to begin a construction project. On the one hand, there are plenty of general contractors out there and plenty of information about any given firm or contractor. On the other, it can be tricky to find a general contractor who fits your needs, budget, and timeline. Even though it can be tough to know where to turn, there are plenty of resources to help you find the best match. Let’s take a look at some of them now.
Asking for referrals from friends, acquaintances, and even folks online can give you an idea of some names or firms that have performed well in the past. A good word from someone you trust is probably the most useful resource when you’re on the hunt for someone to do a big job, but even then, you should do a little more homework.
It’s typically a good sign when multiple parties recommend the same name. Additionally, if you find someone you’re interested in using, you can also ask them for referrals from their previous clients.
Reputable Local Firms
With or without referrals at hand, it’s worth it to check out local names, especially when they have been around for a long time. Established local firms not only carry the weight of many happy clients, but they are also invested in their reputation and will want to do whatever it takes to uphold their well-respected status.
If you find a newer company or contractor, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s a great idea to keep established firms in mind as well.
Once you’ve narrowed your search a bit, it’s time to do some talking. Construction projects are lengthy, and you’ll have a lot invested (and not just monetarily). Take the time to meet with contractors and ask all the questions you have. You want to find not only a match in ability and costs but also in personality. You’ll be frustrated if you don’t get along or communicate well with the contractor.
Finally, get detailed bids when you’ve narrowed down your choices. The lowest cost isn’t always the best way to go – if they are cutting costs in areas like building materials or other important factors, that’s a red flag. Additionally, the reputation and referrals will matter here, too. Plenty of contractors quote low but ultimately charge high.
Benchmark Construction has the reputation and the experience you need for your construction project. Licensed in CA, ID, UT, OR, WA, and MT, we’d love to chat about how we can take care of you. Contact us today!