Tackling a commercial construction project can be a complicated undertaking. From regulations to maintaining the schedule and budget, it is critical that you hire the right commercial contractor to handle your project. Short-cutting the process can lead to costly risks for your construction project. Here are a few tips to help narrow down your selection of a general contractor.


Tip #1. Know the Facts

You don’t have to be a construction expert to make good decisions about your construction projects, but you need to know the facts. Educate yourself about the type of project you want. When you have a clear vision of what you want and how to achieve it, then you can make an informed decision about who to award the contract to. Armed with facts, you can easily determine what company best meets your needs.

Tip #2. Use Proposal Requests

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate and very little extra time. Instead of meeting individually with a lot of commercial construction companies, you can create a request for proposal (RFP) to announce that you are seeking interest in your project. With one shot, you can inform quality commercial construction companies about your plans. In your request, you can ask for a variety of information to qualify the experience and fees of each commercial contractor. RFPs save you time and energy, as well as clearly define the scope and expectation for your project.

Tip #3. Look for a Contractor that Solicits Your Involvement

When it comes to managing a construction project, communication is essential. Throughout the project your general contractor will rely on your guidance for any changes that may arise. With this in mind, you the success of your project relies on partnering with a construction contractor that values communication regularly solicits your input. Hiring a contractor that reaches out to you about the project will ensure that your needs are met and that you get a final project that exceeds your expectations.  

Tip #4. Don't Make Your Choice Solely On Price 

Budgets are a critical aspect of every construction project. However, don’t settle for a low-quality project simply because you want to save money. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” and that is especially true in construction projects. To meet your budget requirements, you can consider a reduction of scope, or work with a contractor like Shaw-Lundquist, who can offer you cost saving value-engineering ideas that won’t compromise the aesthetics or function of your project.


At Shaw-Lundquist, We specialize in commercial construction. Our team of experts is happy to help you with your next project. Contact us today.