Looking to Hire a Construction Company? Here are Questions You May Wish Ask
At Mega Builders, we believe that the construction company you hire to work on your home is your most critical decision for your project. It is therefore important to take your time when selecting a construction company. Los Angeles has tens of thousands of possible candidates for your project, so here are some things to look for and questions to ask, so that you can sift the lemon as and find the handful candidates that truly merit your vote of trust and business:
Look for the candidates with the most experience. As minimal criteria, we suggest to look for companies that have been in business for at least 10 years. The more, the better.
Experience alone is not enough. A company may have been in business for decades and been doing a poor job of meeting its obligations, coming up with compelling designs, satisfying its clients, etc. Keep in mind that, after all, you are planning a remodeling project and are looking for a construction company. Los Angeles has seemingly an endless supply of those, but what has the company been doing all the years it has been providing services to the public? Look for the BBB record (why settle for anything less than the BBB’s highest score of A+?), look for a clear record with the CSLB, look for media coverage of this company’s work, look for past clients’ reviews of the experience, look for industry recognition and awards, etc.
Depending on your planned project, you may be working closely with your general contractor for months or years. The personalities involved become a significant factor when a relationship is to last that long, especially given the stresses associated with a major remodeling project. Make sure the persons you will be dealing with on an ongoing basis are folks you are comfortable with, believe in, trust and have developed a healthy rapport with.
Remodeling and construction is a very complex and vast field. As elsewhere, in Los Angeles, construction company may not be knowledgeable and proficient in all types of work. Designing and remodeling a kitchen, for example, requires some very specific tools and know how, not necessarily on hand in a company that mostly do additions. Look for a construction company that has expertise specifically in the type of project you are considering.
Price and total project cost are ‘tent pole’ issues when it comes to remodeling. In order to properly evaluate any estimate and pricing received, you must be able to compare like items (‘apples to apples’) and identical scope of work descriptions. Many folks trip here; they fixate on a price given rather than on what the price is for. Make sure to get best value for your hard earn dollars, but never on account of competency, completeness of scope, grade of finishes and skill level of installations, etc.