How do I choose a contractor for construction?

In any building project the construction contractor assumes one of the most important positions, which means selecting the right person is key. This comprehensive guide will cover what the role and responsibilities of a construction contractor are, and how you can make sure you’re selecting the best one for your building project.

What is a construction contractor?

A construction contractor is an individual or company appointed by the clients to execute the construction work. This role is vital to the project success and great care must be taken in the selection process.

The role of a contractor is to co-ordinate the construction plans and activities to ensure it is finished within the time and budget specified. They are responsible for the entire construction process and must determine the most efficient way to complete the project.

The selection process, known as ‘tendering’, involves preparing tender documents that describe the project and invite submissions from potential contractors. The client can then come to a decision that suits them.

How you can select the best contractor for your project

There are probably numerous contractors in your local area with strong reputations. It is vital you select the best one for you and your project, with as little issues possible.

Seek advice

This can be from both the professionals in the industry and from people you may know who have gone through a selection process themselves. Companies like Surrey Design Studios offer a contractor selection service that can ensure you’re choosing the right person for the job if you’re unsure.

Know what questions to ask

Ask potential contractors the key questions that will help you decide if they are the right fit. What’s your working process like? How many projects do you take on at one time? What is your primary area of expertise? Do you use subcontractors? If yes, how long have you worked with them? Research for more questions that you think will be valuable in helping you come to a decision.

Talk to multiple contractors

Always keep your options open and speak to as many contractors as you can to help inform your decision. Trust your gut feeling and look out for the red flags. Are they pressuring you to pick them, or just telling you how wonderful they are? Don’t rush this selection process as an informed decision will lead to less issues and headaches in the long run.

Make sure you get references

Don’t skip over this standard but important step. The best contractors will have a strong list of references that you should follow up and use to help inform a final decision.

Contractor selection with Surrey Design Studios

If you’re looking to undertake a new build, Surrey Design Studios can offer a professional building contractor selection service, which will allow your desired plans can be translated into a reality. Our team has the experience and knowledge to best help in the selection phase.

We do all the administration for you

The tendering process is handled by our team to ensure a smooth operation. We prepare the tender documentation, and then make sure that it is distributed to contractors with a proven reputation. Once they have received the tender documentation, contractors will then submit a tender, which is an offer to carry out the works.

The well-managed process will ensure those contractor submissions are consistent so that the quotes received can be compared. To guarantee clients select the right contractor for them, we will help to prepare criteria. From here, they can shortlist and interview the contractors before making a final decision on who to appoint. The interview can help clients discover a contractors understanding of the unique build, how they would approach it, how enthusiastic they are, and their current workload, amongst other things. All of this information will help clients to find the right contractor for the job.

For more information regarding our range of services, contact us today via email or call 01737 931330.