By: Travis Justice-Director of Business Development/Marketing
So you are getting ready to start a major remodel project or construct a brand new building. One of the first questions that you should ask yourself is: Who is going to build this project for me?
There are some different avenues to take and you can see the various delivery methods that we utilize here on our website. These methods are industry standard; some are better and more efficient than others. We don't want you to be overwhelmed by the process. Your future investment is necessary to grow and improve your business and it is imperative to have a partner on board that helps you reach your goals. I want to give you three things to consider when you select your building partner. Are they the only things to think of during the selection process? No, but these considerations should start you on a path that makes the process a lot easier.
Look at the business you are running right now. I'm willing to bet a big reason for your success and growth are the relationships you have established over the years. Those relationships are rooted in trust, quality, and service. Relationships lead to repeat business and word-of-mouth marketing.
Do you have a prior relationship with a builder? Did the company deliver what you wanted? If so, then you know where to start. I meet with potential clients all the time and if they tell me no, it's usually because they already have an established relationship. I respect that because it demonstrates that partnerships are held in high value.
There are tremendous advantages to having an established relationship with your Construction Manager. First, they are part of a team early in the design process. This approach allows us to collaborate with the architect on budgeting, value analysis, constructability, and schedule. It's being proactive, not reactive, and eliminates surprises down the road.
Construction is all about service before, during, and after a project is complete. Service is at the heart of the relationship because it builds and maintains trust and you know your needs are being met and/or exceeded.
So what if you don't have a prior relationship with a general contractor? Or your previous one was a disaster? Ask around. You probably know people you respect in business who have been through the process. If you still aren't finding what you are looking for, ask your architect (who you have a relationship with) for three or four suggestions on who would be a good fit for your project.
The second thing to consider in your selection process is your project team in this order, Project Superintendent, then Project Manager. If you have a prior relationship, more than likely you are going to get the same team. Why? Because that's part of the service you expect and you trust them with your investment.
If you don't have a prior relationship with a constructor, take 30 minutes to talk to the proposed Project Superintendent and Project Manager. These are the two individuals that you will be in contact with the most. It's important to have a team that provides experience. It's equally important to have a team that you can relate to, communicate with, and that takes ownership in the project. Listen, we all have people we don't "jive" with because of personality. If you take the time to meet with your proposed team and ask the right questions, this should eliminate any possible head-butting down the road.
I can't tell you how many times we finish up a project and clients say the team they had on the site is a lot like family. Sometimes they will look for smaller projects just to keep them on site a little longer. This feedback is what we like to hear because it means we are meeting our expectations of providing exceptional services and delivering a holistic building experience.
I'm not going to tell you price doesn't matter, it does. You only have so much to spend, and you want the most bang for your buck. If the cheapest is what you want, remember you get what you pay for, and it could cost you more in the end.
These are three things to consider when picking your general contractor. It's a start, and I'm sure you have a lot more questions. For more information,download our free guide, "Ten Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring A Construction Manager.”
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