Finding The Best Contractor For A Restaurant
Choosing the right building contractor for your restaurant modelling or remodeling project is very important. There are some important things you need to do including asking the right questions and knowing what to ask in the first place. Here are some tips on choosing the right contractor based on my long experience in the industry and seeing some disastrous results for home owners due to a bad choice of contractors.
In general terms you need to hire the right person for the right job.Easily said than done, so how do you do it. There are always risks to a successful outcome to your remodeling project, even if you get the greatest contractor but if you take the tips below seriously it will help you determine if the contractor is right for your job, if they would be reliable and a good fit for you.
- You need to make a specific and as detailed as possible a list of what you want to achieve. I would definitely get a detailed scope of works and specification by a qualified person beforehand, especially if your project is a larger one. It is something that is a must especially if your remodeling job is of a decent size. This will help as the contractors can see if they feel comfortable bidding on the job and for you to ask the right questions about their experience and suitability for the remodeling project at hand.
- Choosing about 3 contractors to bid on your remodeling job, in my opinion, is the right number. There is no need for too many on your shortlist but you need at least 3 so you can compare their bids, costs and terms so you don’t get ripped off and make an uneducated decision.
- Let the contractors know that you expect them to show in writing that they have the proper insurances, licenses as well as qualifications and that many years experience that you insist on, or they should not even bid on your job.
- Demand references, a portfolio of jobs undertaken in the past would be good so you can see the results of their work with before and after shots, which would help you to see if the work they do on a regular basis is in line with the type of work you need done. Talking to the previous client or clients would be ideal to see if they can recommend the contractor.
- You need to talk to the contractor in person and ask him a lot of questions. I touched upon some above but other things you should be asking is how skilled and experienced the people who will be doing the job are, whether they have the resources to complete the job whatever the circumstances may be and how easy will it be to contact that person during the job and after hours if there is an emergency. An important question is, who you would be dealing with in case that contractor gets the job and how accessible will that person be to you during the job. You can find out a lot about that contractor just by talking to the person representing the contractor but it would be best to talk with the owner of the business in particular.
- If the size of your main remodeling project is large, you could use the contractor on a smaller job first and see if you are happy with the outcome and how the job turns out and then decide if you want that person or company to do your main project.
- The cheapest bid is not necessarily the best one and not the cheapest one in the long run most likely. Basing your decision solely on the price of the contractors bids is not a good idea, as there are many things to consider as I mentioned in my article..
Hopefully the above 7 tips will go a long way in helping you make good decisions and asking the right questions when choosing the building contractor for your job. Good communication between you and the contractor before and during the project is very important for a successful outcome of your project.