3 Tips to Remember When Looking for the Right Contractor
Finding the right contractor is essential to making your building project a success. Here are three tips to help you find the right team to build your building. Just because we sell
Track Record / Experience
When looking at many different steel building contractors, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. In other words, make sure you line them up based on their track record. Don’t waste time on contractors with little to no track record when there are companies that have many years if not decades of building construction expertise. If you are looking to construct a quonset hut building, then be sure to ask specifically about their experience with quonsets, or whatever building style you’re erecting. At that stage of the game, you’re basically just trying to compare prices. If you do things that way, you might end up selecting steel building contractors based solely on price and not proven ability. This can blow up in your face.
There a few quick things you can do to check a contractor:
- Talk to their past customers if that’s an option.
- Take a look at their records of construction times.
- Check the company’s online presence. If they don’t have a website, they may not be active enough to trust
- Check the contractor’s reviews online. There are many sites and forums where people will post reviews. Some of the big ones in Canada are BBB, Homestars and Yelp
- Check the negative sites. While their tactics are often suspect, you can do a quick search of Rip Off Report and other similar sites. Take what is said with a grain of salt since competitors will often use them to their advantage leaving fake reviews.
You can often clearly see patterns arise. It will show you which steel building contractors can get the job done quickly and correctly and which one was just blowing smoke.
Another key measure of the experience level and expertise of steel building contractors is their flexibility. One of the great things about putting up a steel building is that you will get a lot of modularity and flexibility. Make this come to life and take full advantage of them by going with steel building contractors with right amount of flexibility to take full advantage of these features of these steel buildings.
Often situations will arise which aren’t ideal such as not having space to put a bin, not being able to fit a standard cement mixer in etc. See if they can figure out a way to work around these issues.
Focus On Speed And Quality
The great thing about steel buildings is that construction speed and building quality go hand in hand. In many cases, the faster you put up a building, the lower the quality of that building. This is not the case with steel buildings. They can go hand in hand. However, you need to go with the right steel building contractors. Otherwise, you might be put up in a position where the faster you put up the building, the lower the quality of building you get. This is precisely what you don’t want. The right steel building contractors have the right tools, have the right equipment and the right people to put up your building very quickly while not compromising on quality.
At the end of the day, some buildings like quonsets are designed to be DIY, but be sure to take into consideration the size of building and your own limitations. A professional contractor may be best for the job and finding the right person is key.