3 Questions To Ask A Building Contractor Before Starting A Building Project

3 questions to ask a building contractor before starting a building project


There are many different commercial architectural services available, and they all specialise in certain projects over others. Every contractor is going to have a speciality and, depending on the nature of your small commercial building design plans, you’re going to want to make sure you’re hiring the right one for you.

To do that, you need to ask the right questions – the questions to ask contractors when building a house, for example, are different to those asked when asking contractors to renovate your storefront. Here are three questions you can ask to make sure you’re hiring the right contractor for you.

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What Is The Projected Timeline?

The timeline is an essential consideration, especially if your business is going to be experiencing downtime while the project is underway. Every day of downtime is costing you money, on top of the cost of the construction work itself, so it’s important to have as accurate a projection as possible. Understand, though, that you need to provide as much key information as possible if you want your contractor to be able to give you the most accurate projections for the project completion time.


How Will You Communicate With Me?

This is an important question, because all contractors have different ways of communicating. Some give rolling updates at the end of every day, for example, while others prefer to just get on with it and debrief when the project is completed. If you have a preference, make sure you state it, and ask whether your contractor is comfortable with working that way. If possible, ask who the project manager is going to be – this is going to be the person with whom you’ll likely be communicating with most.


What Is The Project Budget?

A project can rapidly spiral out of control when it comes to costs, so it’s important to ascertain your contractor’s ability to work within your budget as soon as you can. If you have a budget already for the project, you should let them know as soon as possible. You should always account for the element of unpredictability with any project – prices may go up, work can be delayed, and other factors can alter the quote. So, it’s always important to never choose a contractor who is quoting you right at the top end of your budget.

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