If you are not experienced in the construction industry, seeing a project through to completion is rife with hidden risks. Often, poor quality contractors overstate their abilities, or fail to deliver on time. Overstating their abilities like this can lead to projects going over budget –and in the worst cases, this can cause financial ruin. Because of this, it is imperative that you only choose good quality, reputable construction contractors to work on your projects.

Not everyone knows how to identify a quality construction contractor, especially if they are not experienced in the industry. Below are just a few things to look for when choosing a contractor for your next project.

Project Management

You could be forgiven for thinking that the actual physical construction is the most important part of any project – in reality; it is the management that is most crucial. A skilled project manager coordinates all the tradesmen on site and ensures that the project remains on track.

When choosing a construction contractor, you need to ensure that they have a qualified project manager as a member of staff. If possible, seek references from previous projects the manager has been able to complete to satisfaction. Poor project management is a recipe for disaster – you only get one chance.

Permanent Staff

Many construction companies only give the façade of a large organization. Often, they actually consist of one or two permanent staff and rely on contractors when they have a project. Whilst this is acceptable to a degree, due to the unpredictable nature of the construction industry, a company with a higher number of permanent employees is a good indication of reliability. When a company maintains a good core of permanent employees, it makes it much easier for them to complete a project. Instead of relying on contracted tradesmen, who can be very unreliable, they have the skills on hand to get the job done.

Reliable Machinery

Just like having a reliable permanent staff, it is also a good sign if a construction contractor maintains their own machinery. Whilst some machinery is very job specific and will be hired as needed, there are a number of pieces of heavy machinery that are universally useful on construction sites. Any construction company who is serious about their work will own a number of these pieces of machinery for themselves. This allows them to ensure the machines are in good repair and available for use at any time. By having the flexibility of their own machinery, it is much more likely that your project will finish on time and to budget!

Proven Track Record

The very best indication of how good contractors are a good track record and lots of happy customers. When looking for a contractor, don’t be afraid to ask for details of previous projects, or even references. At the end of the day, you are the one set to lose a lot of money of things go wrong, so you need to be 100% happy with the contractor you choose.

For more information, or to get a quote for a project, contact your local contractor today.