Tips For Choosing An Ottawa Commercial General Contractor

Whether you are looking to establish a new home for your business, expand or enhance your current space, it is not something you do every day – so most likely you;ll be looking for Ottawa general contracting from a blank slate.  Not exactly comforting given the size of investment you’re talking for new office space, but finding a great Ottawa general contractor that meets your needs can and has been done.

Look For Referrals
Have you been in Ottawa office space that you’re particularly enamored with?  As the building or business owner who the general contractor was.  Other ways to find referrals are asking friends and colleagues who designed and built their space,  Don’t know anyone, try asking on LinkedIn for recommendations.  Or is all else fails – you can turn to Google and find available Ottawa general contractors and put them through a rigorous screening process that includes…

Checking Credentials and References
You can do this face to face or ask for a written reply, but you will want to uncover how long the company has been in business and if they have experience doing the kind of work you need. If your project is a renovation, ask if the contractor has experience working in occupied spaces to insure they will provide minimal interruption of your business. And if you do not have any plans, find an Ottawa general contractor who provides design-build services. Ask each for case studies and reference-able clients that are in line with your needs.  Ask the references if they were happy with the company and what the process was like.  make sure you ask for a copy of the General Contractor’s license and see if they have been involved in any lawsuits or had disciplinary action taken against them by their licensing body.

The Fit – Go With Your Gut
When interviewing the Ottawa general contractor, ask about process, timeline, work style.  Ask how the project will be supervised. Will there be a point person on site?  How will the Ottawa general contractor communicate the status of the projects to you?  Most importantly, are you and the general contractor on the same page?  Do your work styles mesh and will the Ottawa general contractor you are hiring listen to your needs and apply them to the process? Most likely you will hit it of with someone, if there credentials measure up, then you may have a winner.

Don’t be a Slave to Price 

Once you have narrowed down your list of Ottawa general contractors, ask for an estimate and project plan.  One may be less but have significantly less detail – be wary.  Make sure the Ottawa general contractor you select will deliver what they promise for the price they promise – and get that in writing. Too often if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.


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