In a sea of new construction companies, it can be hard to find a skillful and reliable contractor that is right for your business or organization. As a trusted construction leader throughout the Low Country and Grand Strand, we made a checklist of “must-haves” to assist in your search to find the contractor that is right for your business.
Choose an experienced contractor with the specialty you need.
That’s the convenience of using Coastal Structures. We’ve been around for more than 25 years and have expertise in a variety of specialty constructions services. Our extensive commercial portfolio consists of retail and restaurant locations, healthcare clinics and hospitals, industrial facilities, specialty civic buildings including museums, libraries, police and fire stations, and even airports and hangars.
Choose a licensed contractor.
This is crucial in making sure the company can legally do the work. Coastal Structures has a BD5 General Contractors License, which means we can build any building of unlimited value. If you have questions about a contractor’s license you can visit the SCLLR website and search the company in question.
They must have insurance to prevent you from facing liability issues
Every construction company should have, at a minimum, workers compensation, general liability, and automobile insurance. Request a copy of their insurance certificate to make sure they have these insurances in place. This document is very easy to obtain from their insurance agent. It will also give you the date that the current policy will expire. Another type of insurance is a performance and payment bond. You can request a letter from their bonding agent that will break down their bonding capacity as well as their bonding rate. That bonding company should be A rated.
The contractor provides you with a written contract.
A contract will help protect your business from getting in a sticky situation. The contract typically provides rules, instructions, a pay schedule, and a project completion schedule. It’s also critical that you provide them with your own stipulations that consist of your own rules, guidelines, or expectations that haven’t already been covered. The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) is a very good resource for construction contracts.
References! You need ‘em!
The contractor should be able to provide you with a list of references. It’s important they know their previous clients are satisfied with the quality of work and service.
Look at a company’s online portfolio and contact previous clients
Most company websites will have a gallery or portfolio of their work on your website. If you like what you see or have questions, reach out to get more information on their experience.
Make sure contractor stays in touch and keeps you updated.
It is no surprise that a commercial construction takes time and money. So it’s important for the company to keep you updated on the project and timeline. At Coastal Structures, we are proud to say that we continuously check in with our customers with a progress report to ensure their satisfaction.
Make sure the contractor is well known in your community.
Have other businesses in the area used this contractor before? If the company is well known in the area, it’s it easy to confirm their reliability and reputation.
Here at Coastal Structures, our company maintains high standards of quality, service, and commitment to make our clients happy. It is important to us to be stewards of our community and create healthy relationships with customers that are built on trust, honesty, transparency, and reliability.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about how Coastal Structures can assist you in your next commercial project, give us a call at (843) 546-4491.