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How to Vet Potential Contractors

A good contractor is properly insured.

Now that you have established that your contractor has an active Certified State of Florida issued License and no public complaints, does your contractor also have General Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance? No matter the size of the project or of their company, any contractor or subcontractor that works on your project should have Worker’s Compensation insurance. While “exemptions” are allowed in certain circumstances, it is never a good idea to allow someone to work on your project without this very crucial insurance. If that person is injured on your project, you can be sued. Just the thought of a potential legal battle and/or an injured worker who can no longer earn a living is a good reason to make sure all contractors and subcontractors on your project carry worker’s compensation insurance.

Is it easy to understand your contractor?

Is he/she communicating all of the processes clearly? After your initial consultation, do you know the next steps for both you and the contractor? And, when should each happen? IS your contractor using “construction-speak” or terms you understand? Make sure it’s the latter.

Knowledge of the entire process.

Does your potential contractor explain the entire process to you, including potential costs from site selection, zoning, design, permitting, construction, occupancy, and maintenance of your newly renovated or new building?

A full-service, knowledgeable, and customer service-oriented contractor will explain all of the above based on their experience, combined with the information you provide, in a language you can clearly understand. It is important to the entire Tri-Bay team to ensure you are never in the dark about what to expect.

Do they have the required experience?

There are a multitude of Construction types defined by the Florida Building Code. Each building is unique. Does your contractor have experience in the type of construction you are asking for? For instance, if your contractor has never worked on a radiology facility, do you want them to learn or “practice” on your facility with your multi-million-dollar equipment? Make sure the contractor is asking about your vision and how you need the building to perform.

We will continue to explore “What questions to ask” in future issues. We will also familiarize you with the many steps required for a successful construction project before one gets to the project’s actual construction phase, including the different types of contracts available to you.