When starting any construction project, finding the right General Contractor for your needs is essential to the success of the project. Spending time in advance to find a quality General Contractor that is the best fit for a project can save you from a lot of blood, sweat and tears (we’re hoping no blood!). While the proposed cost can and should be a significant factor when making the decision, it shouldn’t be the only one. There are a few other considerations and key things to look out for.
Experience. Does the General Contractor have the experience required to meet the scope of the project? We think with any project, it’s important to align the skills of the General Contractor with the work that needs to be completed. Ask about their unique capabilities and if they’ve constructed similar types of work. There is no harm in asking for a referral.
Communication. Does the General Contractor effectively communicate with their Clients and Sub-Trades? Never underestimate the value of direct communication between Clients and Sub-Trades. Communication is what keeps projects running smoothly and on time. Choose a General Contractor that is skilled at helping clients get their ideas out of their heads and onto paper. Which in turn, the Contractor can effectively communicate what needs to be done to their Sub-Trades to best achieve the end goal.
Problem-Solving. Can the General Contractor bring a construction -specific perspective to the project planning? General Contractors are in communication with Architects and Engineers daily and a good General Contractor will work seamless with the design team to offer a perspective from a construction standpoint. With consultation from the design team, a Contractor is able to make specific recommendations for how something could be constructed differently; and in turn be effective for the project and possibly save a considerable amount of money.
Resources. Does the General Contractor have resources at their disposal? A strong network of reliable Sub-Trades that the Contractor works with regularly is important. Having adequate staff to handle each project, as well as self-performing work- ties in with what was said earlier about finding their unique capabilities. The Contractor can then offer that, and would give themselves greater control over the process, schedule and costs.
Financially Responsible. Does the General Contractor have a strong financial record? If a Contractor is financially responsible in their own business practices, then it is a good sign that they will manage the costs of your project responsibly as well. Keep in mind, quoted costs may not always turn out to be the actual end cost; but most responsible Contractors do their homework on the front-end to give an accurate estimate.
We’ve had many opportunities here at WinnPro to work on projects throughout the Province and Canada wide. Being able to offer different construction services has given us many successful partnerships that we don’t take for granted.
Check out our project gallery, there you’ll find a few projects we’ve had the pleasure of working on. WinnPro would very much appreciate the opportunity to be your General Contractor for your construction needs. For any questions, don’t hesitate to call!