6 Questions You Need To Ask Your General Contractor

Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or industrial construction project, the construction of any building can be quite daunting especially if you’re new to the industry. It can be very difficult to select the right construction company for your project if it is the first ever project you have worked on. Choosing the right general contractor that can complete your project on time can be hard because of the multiple options available in the market.

When hiring a general contractor, you must feel confident that they will look after your best interests and guarantee consistent two-way communication throughout the entire project. You need to ask the right questions to ensure that there’s no ambiguity or uncertainty on both sides. Furthermore, each contractor and construction company has its own work ethic. Therefore, it is important to hire a company whose working patterns align with your expectations to prevent any future disagreements.

Here is a list of ten things you should ask your contractor to remove any doubts and uncertainties:

What Are The Company’s Primary Areas Of Expertise?

Any general contractor you select will typically have expertise in specific areas of the construction industry. General contractors usually target a part of the industry and develop their expertise in that area. Most of them have either worked on residential or commercial projects only, very few have a good portfolio in industrial construction.

Therefore, the most important question to ask a contractor is about their specific expertise. This will help to ensure that your project is not the first of its kind for your short-listed contractor. You can also request contact information about their past clients whose projects they have already completed. Unless the contractors have signed an NDA, they should not have an issue providing the details.

Will They Be Using Subcontractors On Your Project?

Normally, general contractors use subcontractors to complete some sections or parts of their construction work. Before making a final decision, you must ask the contractor you are considering if they will hire subcontractors for your project. If yes, then ask them about the selection criteria they use to prequalify their subcontractors to ensure there is no compromise on safety and quality.

Do They Have Valid WCB & Liability Insurance?

You must check whether the contractor you are looking to hire has current ‘Workers Compensation Insurance’ and adequate general liability insurance. It provides financial coverage to the company’s employees in case of worksite injuries. If you hire a contractor without a valid or current WCB, then you could be liable for the injured worker’s medical bills and lost wages.

A reputable and reliable general contractor will easily and quickly provide you with a “WCB Clearance Letter” and a Certificate of Insurance upon asking, confirming that they are covered. Any hesitation to provide you with this information should not be ignored.

How Do They Deal With Work Scope Changes?

Most construction projects encounter changes to their scope of work at some point during the project. It could either be a result of the client’s desire to change or improve something, or a previously unforeseen site condition that is encountered. You must ask them how they will deal with a similar situation and if they require your written approval before proceeding with a change. Also, inquire about any effects on the projects’ cost due to this change.

How Long Will The Project Take To Complete?

You should ask the contractor you want to hire to provide you with an approximate project completion timeline. This will help you to select a contractor whose timeline works well with your needs. You must also ask them how they will tackle any changes to the already decided timeline.

How Will They Deal With Warranty Issues Once The Project Is Complete?

Another important question you should ask your general contractor is how to contact them directly for warranty issues. Also, inquire if they need you to contact the subcontractors and suppliers directly.

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