Go Big or Go Home Why Bigger Names Are Better For Large Construction Projects
“More money, more problems.”
This is both a colloquial expression and a truism for people in the real estate business who have a little capital to invest in their holdings. Often this investment takes the form of residential and commercial construction, but choosing a general contractor company, especially if you’re being courted by slick salesman all hawking their company’s efficiency, is not an easy decision. What’s more, if you choose wrong, it can cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. Below are a few guidelines to consider when choosing a general contractor company:
Go with one of the big construction companies. This is a great way to narrow down your search of the more than 30,000 construction companies in business today. In some industries, we would council the exact opposite of this. Loose tea for example, Pier 1 Imports-like chachkas, chocolate–with luxury or sundry items produced on small farms or factories throughout the world, often smaller is better because it ensures quality and a personal touch to customer service. Commercial and residential construction is different, mainly because their overhead costs are so huge. Only a general contractor company with a more established, fruitful history in commercial construction services will be able to afford the latest tools and technology to get the job done right. Local construction companies that are smaller may do their best, but often are cutting corners on employee expertize or big ticket tools. Which brings us to our next tip…
Know your specific contracting job needs This may require some research out of your comfort zone, but it will be well worth the effort. A large general contracting company will have cutting edge technology not well known to the layman but that could be extremely relevant to your project. For example, we could all probably call up an image of a bulldozer in our heads if pressed, but smaller niche tools, such as drywall sanders, pipe-threaders, and benders are colors that an experienced contractor will know how to paint with in order to get the job done fast and well. Or, if you’re committed to a sustainable building process that won’t kill an ocean of ground water and make trees weep, an experienced commercial construction company will be able to educate you about low-impact building materials that use recycled matter rather than carcinogenic chemical compounds as their structural base.
Finally, don’t forget to read reviews. Tailoring your general contractor company search to favor bigger companies with relevant technology to you should leave you with a pretty manageable short list. But before you jump for the phone, check sites like glassdoor, Angie’s List, and Yelp to read reviews from people who work for the companies and have had work done by the companies. Take all opinions into account and make your final decision based on who has the most glowing reviews. We’re confident this three pronged selection process will have you well on your way to a solid investment decision. (And we will definitely be visiting the next mall you build).