The work your shell contractor procedures could have been the beginning of a lucrative project that brings in massive profit. It can also be the deflating beginning that robs your project of efficiency and cost effectiveness. The only way to ensure that you hire the best contractor is possible to do your research before you hire one contractor. There are six things you should check into during this research phase.
1. Are they licensed, and do they carry adequate insurance?
This is the starting point for every shell contractor you consider hiring. You should not trust someone who does not take their business serious enough to get a license and pay for insurance. Even the best of the best can make mistakes.
2. How many years has the contractor been in business?
This is not the same as how many years the company has exhausted. Many contractors have worked for years with other companies before branching out to start their own business. Find out who will be working on your project, and then find out how many years they have been in this business.
3. History that shows past projects have been completed on time and to the satisfaction of the customer.
Do not trust that your project will be completed on time if your shell contractor has been late on all of their past projects. The history of past shell work is the best predictor of future shell work.
4. The contractor and crew pays close attention to detail and cares about the quality of their work.
You find this out by moving on to number five and checking references. Ask about the quality of work and how well the crew paid attention to the finer details of the project. The best shell work always comes from contractors who pay attention to the littlest things in addition to the big things.
5. Every contractor should willingly hand over their references.
Never trust a shell contractor who hesitates to give you access to past clients. Remember, the contractor has the advantage because they decide which past clients you talk to, and which which they do not tell you about. Do some research to see if they have worked on any high profile cases or if they advertise any clients on their website. You may be able to get some information about their work ethics beyond the references that they give you outright.
6. Do you see and hear signs of good workmanship when you talk to them?
Your shell contractor should show up on time each day. They should give priority to your project, even if there are other projects going on at the same time. They should be respectful of your property while working and pick up their own mess before they leave at the end of the project. Make sure you hear and see signs of good workmanship before you hire your chosen contractor.
The more time you spend verifying a contractor in all of these areas, the better your chances of ensuring excellent shell work that gets your project off on the right foot. If the shell of your construction is low quality, you can not expect much more from the final product ready for humans to move in and start living.