Choosing a Contractor for Commercial Construction Projects


Selecting construction contractors for residential work can be difficult and stressful enough, but commercial projects often significantly larger investments. Depending on your project, there may be millions or tens of millions of dollars of capital on the line. You must consider all of the same factors that you would for a residential contractor, but there is also a myriad of additional business considerations to keep in mind. If you are not the only investor in your project, then there are other stakeholders to satisfy as well.

There is no substitute for experience in planning these projects, but the following tips will help to get you started with the selection process.

The Golden Rule: Experience

Above all else, it is important to avoid contractors who lack experience working on projects of similar scope and scale. All construction projects are not equal, and a contractor who may be highly skilled and efficient at small-scale residential projects is not necessarily going to be a good fit for a project involving a larger commercial facility.

Perhaps more importantly, there are a huge number of bureaucratic hassles that accompany the construction of any structure that will be primarily used for business purposes. Contractors with experience in these types of projects will be familiar with the red tape that you are likely to encounter and how best to cut it without falling behind schedule or over budget. For some projects, licensing is likely to be an issue as well.

Perform a Detailed Accounting of Your Needs

There's more that goes into a successful commercial project than simply design and implementation. As a starting point, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will you have landscaping requirements?
  • What about the demolition of existing structures?
  • What environmental regulations will impact your project?
  • Will you be hiring utility contractors yourself or expecting your general contractor to subcontract this work?
  • How will the disposal of site waste be dealt with?
  • Will your general contractor be responsible for the permit process?

In addition to these basic points, speak your designer and any other individuals or companies involved in the planning process to develop a list of needs that your general contractor or additional contractors must fulfill. When speaking with companies, be sure that they have the proper skills, experience, and licensing to fully satisfy your requirements. If an otherwise good contractor is unable to handle one of your requirements on your, you may need to adjust your budget to account for the cost of hiring additional contractors.

Don't Ignore Licensing and Insurance

Injuries happen on work sites, but that's primarily an issue for the contractor, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When talking with a general contractor, always be sure to make sure that they are fully insured and properly licensed for the work that you will be having them do. In certain circumstances, it is possible for you or your company to be held liable for injuries or property damage that is caused during the construction process. This can be especially difficult to figure out if you are subcontracting or working with multiple contractors, so be sure that you spend the appropriate amount of time to confirm that you and the workers that will be working on your project are properly covered.

It is also incredibly important that all of your contractors are properly licensed to perform the work that you are hiring them for. Knowingly paying unlicensed contractors can expose you to a number of serious legal liabilities, even after your project is finished. As with insurance, simply be sure to spend enough time speaking with contractors and researching your local licensing requirements.

To get your project underway, contact companies such as Merriman Construction.


10 April 2019

A Shed for Dad

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in the southern United States. My dad has been a cowboy all of my life. He spends most of his time outdoors. For years, he didn’t have anywhere to store his equipment such as hay string, troughs, and other items. One spring, my family members decided to give dad something special, a outdoor shed of his own. Now, he has a place to neatly store all of his ranch related articles. If you’re searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift this year, consider surprising your dad with an outdoor shed. On this blog, you will discover how to work with a general contractor to build your father the shed of his dreams.