When it’s time to renovate your business, it can be exhilarating and overwhelming all wrapped into one. While you are dreaming of a freshly done office space, you’re also worried about choosing the right company as you’re putting in a large investment. There are some tips that you should utilize when looking for a firm to hire.
A good place to start looking for a great contractor is to ask your business acquaintances who you know have gone through renovation projects themselves. When you work with a company you love and does a good job, you’re the first to recommend them to the people you know who are in need of the same service. Use this knowledge to your advantage and seek out referrals. An experienced commercial renovation company should have a long list of clients in their history which will provide word-of-mouth referrals.
At this point, you should have a few different firms that you’ve gotten referrals to. Now, it’s time to do a little research on these companies before picking up your phone to set up an initial consultation. Check out each firm’s website, see the past work they’ve done if they have it listed, and get a feel for the people behind the business on the About Us or another similar page. A quick online search can verify if a potential contractor is registered and licensed through your state. This is something you want to check for every firm on your list.
It’s important to note during your research phase what types of renovations the firms are doing. Are they office renovations, restaurant renovations, or something else? When you see their past projects or clients listed on their websites, dig deeper to see what sort of projects they entail. You want to gear your decision towards a firm that has adequate experience in doing renovations on the type of environment you have. For example, if you’re looking to get your office building renovated, it’s best to go with a firm that specializes in office renovation.
Once you have a list of good firms that specialize in the category of renovations that you need, it’s time to look at the price. Call up and make that initial consultation. Discuss the project details with the firm and get an initial estimate for the project. This will allow you to compare estimates between multiple firms so you can find a contractor that falls within your budget range. We encourage you to wait until after you do the evaluations listed above to move onto this step of getting prices. If you start with prices, it’s likely you’re going to overlook important details, such as picking a firm that specializes in another industry’s renovations, that could cost you later down the road. It’s vital that you ensure each firm fits the criteria to do the job correctly before analyzing the cost.
Hiring a commercial renovation contractor doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By following the tips listed above in the correct order, you can set yourself up for being matched with a quality company. It’s worth spending the time now to ensure that your project turns out to be everything you’ve been dreaming of.