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Five Things to Consider When Seeking A General Contractor

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Rives Construction

Arguably the most important step in the process of a construction project is selecting the team you’ll entrust with the construction of your space.

If your business is looking to hire a general contractor for a construction project, there are several key factors to consider before making a decision. This process can seem overwhelming as you do your due diligence when selecting your construction partner, so we’ve simplified the process by breaking down the four most important factors to consider.

Portfolio of Work – The first factor to take an in-depth look at when searching for the right general contractor for your project is the company portfolio. Ask yourself if this company does the type of work you are looking for and if that work appears to be of the quality you’re seeking for your space.

Additionally, consider the makeup of the portfolio itself. A professional looking, well-put together portfolio of work most likely means the construction company pays attention to detail and cares about every aspect of its work. A sloppy portfolio could mean a sloppy construction partner.

Reputation – Before entering into an agreement with a general contractor, be sure to put in plenty of research regarding their reputation. You should not only read online reviews of the company, but also attempt to speak directly with clients they have worked with in the past. A construction company that is proud of its work will likely provide you contact information for past clients. A company that does good work will be eager for people to talk about it.

Client Communication – Be sure to take note of the communication efforts put forth by the general contractor in the initial contact and negotiation phases. A good general contractor will take a proactive approach to client communication and will make each client feel like the priority of the company.

Solid communication in the infancy of a project will more than likely continue through each phase and beyond completion. If a potential construction partner is dodgy or difficult to reach early on, that will more than likely continue during construction and could eventually become a major headache.

Safety Record – Every good general contractor knows that safety is of the utmost importance on any jobsite. As you begin looking for a construction partner for your project, you should absolutely consider the company’s safety record. This should be at the forefront of your initial conversations with any general contractor. A construction company with an exemplary safety record is much more likely to help you achieve the goals for your space.

There are many factors that could come into play when selecting the perfect fit for your construction project. If you’d like to learn more about our services and capabilities at Rives Construction, contact our team here. 


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