Tips for Hiring the Right Contractors for Your Next Commercial Renovation Project
Everyone in the world has problems and needs that must be fulfilled. In the past, finding someone to help you solve these issues was a far narrower task. Without the Internet and advances in technology, you would simply look at your local options that your friends and family had used before. There might be one or two options in town, and you would simply pick which one had better reviews. The advent of the Internet and an open exchange of information drastically changed this whole process. There are two major changes that have come about regarding the process of selecting a business through the Internet. First of all, businesses have far better reach. A company in Forest Hill can advertise to someone living in Brampton, or a Scarborough business might have customers who travel in from North York. The entire Greater Toronto Area is connected through digital technology, making doing business within it incredibly straightforward. The second major effect is that customers have more power than ever before when it comes to doing business. The customer can do research to look up the rates of the work they want done, the reputation of the person they’re looking at working at, and so on. Despite this unprecedented amount of information and potential that a customer can access, many people don’t explore these options. When you’re hiring commercial contractors, it’s essential that you do the research and hire the right people for the job. Otherwise, you could face major trouble. Read on for some helpful tips that will ensure that your commercial renovations will be carried out by the most qualified, trustworthy, and experienced people.
Commercial Renovations Build the Foundation of Your Business
It’s incredibly important to hire the right commercial contractors when you’re looking at renovating your business space. Having a storefront that is properly maintained and constructed is essential to being successful overall. First of all, it’s incredibly important to have an aesthetic advantage over the competition; a ‘wow!’ factor that will draw people past your front doors. Secondly, a business may outgrow the building and require expansions to be able to operate safely. Finally, there are safety reasons that may lead you to consider renovations – you may need to keep up with changed safety codes, deal with insulation problems, or remove hazardous materials. Poor renovations can lead to your business having a jarring or unfortunate appearance. Underneath the surface lies the underlying wires, pipes, nuts and bolts that keep your business running. Faulty renovations can lead to plumbing or electricity issues that will drain your wallet and even make your business a danger zone. Skimping on renovations and going for the easiest or cheapest option is a good way to send your business into a tailspin.
Do Your Research Before Making a Commitment to One Choice of Contractor
So how do you avoid making this tragic mistake? Simple: Do some research to figure out which commercial contractors are right for you. With the Internet at your fingertips, this can be far simpler than you might think. First of all, check sites where past customers have had the chance to weigh in, such as Yelp. Then, look at the Better Business Bureau’s website for complaints. Follow up with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and then the Ministry of Consumer Services. These sites will give you an idea of whether the contractors you are looking at have done poor work or exercised shady practices in the past. Talk to your friends and colleagues and see if they’ve had work done by someone who was particularly professional. This is a great launching pad into the next step.
Lay the Ground Work and Create a Paper Trail for a Successful Renovation
Make sure to do research on the building you’re planning on renovating. Some jobs will be quick and easy, and some tasks will be enormous and complex. Having a realistic and clear view of what needs to be renovated, what the problem areas are, and what the ideal solution is will be a major help in finding the right contractors. Meet with the commercial contractors and discuss the details with them. If your gut is warning you, then don’t be shy about turning them away. The contractor could end up doing extensive work on your business, so make sure you don’t give into a deal you feel uneasy about. Your contractors should be able to provide you with quotes on the work they will be doing, and provide this information to you in writing.
Keep an Eye Out for Outright Fraudulent or Otherwise Incompetent Contractors
Unfortunately, your choices aren’t always between contractors at different skill levels. Sometimes you have people who are masquerading as professionals who just want your money without doing the job in exchange. There are horror stories of false contractors who swoop in after disasters or on buildings that clearly need renovations and offer their services, then take the money and run. Even worse, some contractors do enough work to look good on the surface, but leave a mess that will require even more money to fix. Make sure you do your research, but also request that all of the quotes you receive are in writing. Ask the commercial contractors directly for references, as they should have a list of happy customers to hand to you. Meanwhile, remember the old saying ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’. If they promise startlingly low prices and incredibly quick work for a task that would cost more and take longer with anyone else, that is an enormous red flag.
Getting commercial renovations done is no easy task. However, it’s crucially important to not rush through the process. You want to hire the right commercial contractors and get the best possible results. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure the best outcome from your renovations. First of all, do your research. Secondly, understand the scope of the work and prepare a paper trail. Finally, make sure that your contractor can pass some basic tests such as having references and being able to provide proper quotes. Protect yourself from shoddy work and outright fraud. Call McKee-Horrigan Inc. today for the opportunity to talk to qualified contractors in the Greater Toronto Area and obtain a free quote on your project.