Commercial masonry projects can be vast in scope and expense, which means that they should only be undertaken by reliable contractors who can do the job right. Unfortunately, determining the perfect fit for your project when searching fora commercial masonry contractor can leave you feeling helpless.
How do you know who you can trust and how their work will turn out? By avoiding some of the most common mistakes that businesses make when hiring commercial masonry contractors, you can feel confident in your choice and enjoy a job well done. Here are the biggest pitfalls to keep in mind.
Choosing the Cheapest Option-or the Most Expensive
It’s a stereotypical judgment to say that the cheapest option is never the best, and so many companies will opt for the most expensive bid, believing that this will result in a high quality of work. However, the real tip here is: price is just one of a wide variety of factors that should all be considered.
Perhaps that lowest bid is low because the contractor is confident, competent and will get the work done timely and efficiently. Maybe that high bid is so costly because the masons doing the work are inexperienced and budgeting for extra time. There is no way to know based solely on a quote what kind of work you will get, so be sure to do further research to understand what level of quality and efficiency you can expect.
Be sure to ask the potential commercial masonry contractor for a portfolio of their commercial work and client references. Get in contact with previous clients to discuss the contractor’s pricing process and execution.
Leaving All the Decisions Up to the Commercial Masonry Contractor
It is true that commercial masonry projects can be highly complex, and this might leave you wanting to place all of the important choices onto the contractor. However, as you consider which contractor to trust, make sure that you select one who will actively cooperate with you as a teammate to get the project done.
You are the one who best understands what the new structure needs to accomplish. Masonry contractors who can work cooperatively and collaboratively with their clients will produce better results than those who simply make all of the choices themselves. Look for a professional who actively works with their clients every step of the way rather than talking about the project once then remaining silent until completion.
Accepting Only As-Needed Communication
Tangential to the previous point, good communication is a must for commercial masonry projects. Unexpected snags can add complexity to a project, and the best contractors will remain in consistent communication with their clients every step of the way. Interview your potential contractors to determine how they communicate. Will they reach out only when there is a problem, or do they provide regular status updates? Contractors who do not communicate often may complete large sections of a project the wrong way or not in alignment with project goals before the problem is discovered.
Failing to Check Qualifications Before the Project Starts
Any masonry contractor that you consider should be carefully vetted – be sure to check their qualifications before you commit to the project. Is the contractor licensed and insured? Do they participate in any organizations related to the industry, such as for continuing education? What past projects have they worked on, and can you visit to take a look?
Any reputable masonry contractor should be able to provide you with information about their licensing, insurance and more. Some may even be able to offer a draft contract so that you can review the terms that you would be agreeing to.
Being Uncomfortable Asking for Testimonials
It can feel awkward or embarrassing to ask a contractor to show proof that they have done a good job in the past, but do not be fooled. Asking for testimonials and proof of previous work is a critical step that too many commercial clients skip out on. The contractor should be able to point you to buildings they have worked on in the past or at least show pictures of the process.
If they can provide contact information for previous clients with whom you can speak, this is ideal. Doing research on past client satisfaction can give you an idea of what to expect for your own task.
Trust the Pros to Help You Complete Your Commercial Masonry Project Right
Whether you are building a new construction from scratch, repairing existing masonry or adding onto a structure, be sure that you thoroughly research the commercial masonry contractor you are considering. The experts at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration would be happy to help you tackle your masonry and caulking projects. Reach out to learn more or to schedule an appointment to get started.