What is the first step in hiring a service? Finding the best one, obviously. However, that is much easier said than done. There are so many options out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up with the wrong one. That is the same case when it comes to looking for the best commercial contractor.
However, it doesn’t have to that hard. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and tips we’re about to share with you, and we are confident that you will be able to find the best commercial contractor that is going to live up to your expectations and do a great job on your project.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
You have to start your search somewhere, so why not. It’s not like you’re in need of these services every day, so it’s quite likely that you don’t know where to look to find out. However, with a simple Google search, you can easily find the nearest businesses that offer the services you require.
However, it’s vital that you don’t rush the process. Don’t just end up hiring the top result that comes up. Sure, in most cases, the top result will be pretty solid, but pretty solid isn’t the best, so, get to digging.
Do Your Research
Next up, you’ll want to research the business you are considering hiring. Once again, the best way to do so is through Google. Look up the names of the commercial contractors you find interesting and see what you can find out about them.
Chances are, most of the businesses you’re looking to hire have previously done projects similar to yours, and therefore, the clients that have previously hired them must’ve left some kind of feedback.
You’ll want to look into customer reviews of the business you’re looking to hire. That is where most of the feedback will be. Most customers will leave some kind of a review of a company they’ve hired, and you can learn a lot from their experience.
However, one piece of advice we can give you here is – don’t assume everything’s true. Sometimes, those reviews could be fake. The fake ones are usually stellar or awful reviews. Stellar ones are typically posted by the company and not-so-great ones by their competition. You’ll want to look at those in the middle or the ones that are really descriptive. That’s where the real info is hidden. But, if that doesn’t seem to work out, you can always…
Ask Your Friends, Family Or Co-Workers
Asking your friends or family for a recommendation always seems the best option. These are the people you can trust, and it is highly unlikely they will recommend you someone that is bad at what they do.
Now, not many people use commercial contractor services that often, so you might want to lower your expectations when it comes to getting information this way. But, if you do – fantastic. Now you can move on to the next phase of the selection process.
Check For Their Certification
According to Baycrest, every reliable commercial contractor will have a certification with the BBB. Now, you could ask the company about the certification, or you could just check with the BBB or your local Chamber of Commerce to see whether the company is legit or a fraud.
In most cases, if you’ve got a recommendation from someone you trust, this will be pretty much obsolete, but if you’re only working with what you’ve found online, then it’s best to check. Better safe than sorry, right?
Request For An Estimated Cost
When you’ve narrowed down your search to a couple of potential prospects, it’s time to do a comparison. The first thing you should do is ask your commercial contractor for an estimated fee for your project. If the company is reliable, they will give you a fairly accurate estimate based on the information you’ve provided them.
Now, there are two reasons as to why you should do this. The first reason is to compare the prices. If you can’t seem to decide between two or three companies, you can start by comparing the costs. Nothing’s stopping you from hiring the one that’s willing to do the job for the least amount of money. Now, money isn’t the only thing that should influence your decision, but it is one of the most contributing factors.
Secondly, if a company isn’t willing to give you an estimate or they claim they can’t provide you with one, chances are, they are trying to scam you. Every reliable company should be able to give you a highly accurate estimate based on the scope of your project. They’ve done this a number of times in the past, so they should know just what your project needs and how much will it cost. A reliable commercial contractor will always provide you with a detailed plan and proposal and a very accurate estimate. If they don’t – keep looking.
Inquire About Their Previous Projects
Another neat thing to do in order to make sure you’re choosing the right commercial contractor is to look at their project portfolio. Most companies will be more than glad to inform you about their past projects. That will be an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their knowledge and expertise and to show you they’re the right company for the job.
Also, this should provide you with an opportunity to get in touch with the clients and maybe get some additional, first-hand information about the contractor.
Ask About How Long They Are In Business
Finally, you have to consider the experience. Although it is true that a new, recently established company could do just as good of a job as an experienced one, a little bit of experience is always welcome. Experienced contractors will have plenty of projects behind them and will be able to tackle any problems or difficulties that may arise during yours. That is something that should always be appreciated.
As you can see, all it takes to find a good, reliable commercial contractor is a little bit of research and some will. Hopefully, we’ve managed to give you some good advice here. We sure tried to.