3 Questions To Ask In Order To Hire The Right Commercial General Contractor

Taking on a construction or renovation project is no easy task. But don’t let that stop you! All you need is the right commercial general contractor by your side.

Budgeting, building permits, zoning regulations, and state laws won’t be found in an edition of ‘Idiot’s Guide to Construction’ (we’ve already looked!). Luckily, there are individuals who are trained in commercial construction and design to help you check these tasks off your to-do list.

A commercial general contractor is an individual or company that specializes in commercial construction. Unlike a residential contractor, a commercial builder works on large scale projects such as builds and remodels for schools, medical facilities, corporate offices, restaurants, retail spaces, and more.

A commercial general contractor will oversee all stages of construction, which may involve:

  • a design phase
  • obtaining all necessary permits
  • procuring material and supply purchases
  • adhering to building codes and zoning regulations
  • hiring a crew

Your best bet is to start your search early! You’ll want to talk with several contractors before deciding on ‘the one,’ and this can be a lengthy process.

Commercial general contractors specialize in everything construction-related. They will be your go-to professional as your project comes to fruition. However, knowing which contractor will be right for your specific project can take a little investigation on your part. To ensure you hire the best company for your commercial project, familiarize yourself with the following questions to help guide you through the hiring process.

How Much Experience Do They Have?

As you search for potential hires, one of the most important considerations should be the amount of experience a company has. An experienced commercial general contractor can make all the difference in the final outcome of your project.

While positive company reviews look great on paper, if a company lacks experience, they may not be equipped to handle the unexpected. Instead of relying solely on reviews, request references from each prospective contractor you’re considering. Every project—no matter how much planning is involved—will experience unforeseen incidents. Accepting a bid from a contractor who lacks experience is risky. They may not know the best way to work through issues. On the other hand, an experienced contractor can help minimize delays regarding project hang-ups, saving you both time and money.

At Loder Construction, our decades of experience speaks for itself. Just take a look at our vast portfolio! We’re experienced builders located in Granite Bay, CA. We’ve been serving the greater Sacramento area as commercial general contractors since 1995.

We work for a wide range of individuals and companies alike. No project is too big or small. Our extensive experience allows us to provide excellence in construction for everyone that we do business with. Some examples of areas where Loder Construction excels:

  • Ground Up and Custom Buildings
  • Healthcare, Medical, and Dental Facilities
  • Light Industrial Spaces
  • Office Buildings
  • Outdoor Facilities and Sports Complexes
  • Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs
  • Tenant Improvements
  • ADA Improvements

How Efficient Are They?

You want to know if a company is capable of meeting deadlines. Efficiency is a top priority for completing your project on time and budget. While it would be great if you could just go to a commercial contractor and ask “how efficient do you work?” and get a reliable answer, this probably won’t be the case. Instead, you’ll need to do a little digging to get an accurate answer.

This can be accomplished with a little bit of research. For starters, try contacting your potential hire. If they are hard to reach or don’t respond quickly, they might be understaffed. This may lead to delays in your project. Next, check customer service reviews and follow-up with references. First-hand knowledge from a client is a great way to get feedback. Positive feedback is a good indication that your potential hire works efficiently. On the other hand, if several reviews report delays, unexpected costs, or unprofessional communication, you may want to steer clear and move on to the next candidate.

As a commercial general contracting firm, Loder Construction’s primary goal is customer satisfaction in quality and cost. We are a group of dedicated professionals that are committed to quality, integrity, and community. We have a passion for building and take personal ownership of each project as if it were our own. By bringing all of these principals together, we achieve excellence in construction.

We’re happy to provide customer testimonials and references, so you know what to expect when working with our dedicated and efficient team.

What Documentation Should Commercial Contractors Have?

Licensing
Licensing is a must when hiring a commercial general contractor, and requirements differ per state. Working with a licensed contractor means hiring someone knowledgeable about local permits, zone regulations, material standards, other contractors for hire, and overall project management. A contractor who isn’t licensed is someone who can’t easily be held liable for problems that occur at the project site.

Insurance
Most states also require contractors to carry substantial insurance. Having the right insurance will save a lot of headaches if an unforeseen event occurs.
When comparing different contractors for your project, be sure to evaluate the coverage differences. They can vary drastically, and only hire a contractor who has general liability and worker’s compensation coverage.

Your project may require the general contractor to hire subcontractors who specialize in specific job needs. Check that your potential contractor understands insurance requirements for subcontractors and other appointed team members.

Industry Standards
You want to confirm which industry standards your commercial general contractor follows. Construction industry standards are practices that govern issues like safety, quality, materials, and operational principles. Industry standards are often adopted by lawmakers or code developers to govern practices within the industry.

Safety Measures
Construction sites can be a hazardous place to work. You want to be sure that your general contractor has clearly defined safety measures in place to prevent worker injury and keep your project moving forward.

Loder Construction places job safety at the top of our priorities. We’ve created a specific approach allowing Job Site Safety to be observed in every phase of construction regardless of project size and complexity. Clearly defined policies are posted on all job sites for the duration of a project. Because each project is different, policies are customized with the preventive measures discussed and approved during the Start-up Safety Meeting. All crew members are required to complete safety checks upon their initial site visit.

We implement and follow construction industry standards outlined by the following industries:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

You’re All Set!

Obtaining the answers to these three questions will give you a head start on hiring the right commercial contractor.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential candidates, submit your detailed operational plans to your top three general contractors to request bid estimates. The more detail you provide, the more accurate your bid will be.

Bids calculate essential project aspects such as overhead costs, material and supply usage, location, industry type, hours to be worked, and insurance coverage. Be wary of bids that vary by thousands. A low bid may represent a company that is willing to cut corners or work with inferior materials. A proposal that is too high or too low, may indicate a misunderstanding regarding the scope of work. Make sure to get clarification from them on this.

Ready to Get to Work?

Loder Construction is ready too! Our management team is made up of dedicated staff who have a passion for building.

Our centrally located office is situated on the border of Granite Bay and Roseville.

Whether your project is updating your facility for ADA compliance or a ground up custom build, we’re here to provide our services. In addition to commercial construction building, we also offer a variety of additional cleaning services your facility may need:

  • Janitorial Cleaning Services
  • Electrostatic Spray Cleaning
  • HVAC Sanitation services
  • Space Planning Services

and much more!

We’d love to hear about your project needs. Please feel free to contact us at any time!


JJ Loder

He received his first hammer at 4 years old, not that he wanted one but, because he kept “borrowing” his father’s. Construction has been a part of his life and being raised as a six-generation carpenter, it came naturally. As a boy he visited his father and grandfather on their construction site, and he learned what was being built. High school and college summers were spent soaked in sweat, at the end of broom as his apprentice skills improved. After graduating from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2008, he started running small Tenant Improvements for Loder Construction and excelled in keeping projects on-time and on budget.