5 Questions to Ask your Potential General Contractor

If it’s your first time working with a general contractor, or even if you’ve been through construction projects before, it’s important to know what questions to ask a potential contractor. These are some questions we get asked regularly, and we hope the information is helpful to you if you’re about to take on a renovation project.

What type of clients do you work with?

Most general contractors have a niche market where they focus their talents. Some contractors will only work in certain markets, while others have a wide variety. Here at Souder Brothers we specialize in commercial and high end residential projects. We have experience in many other markets as well, and with 40 years in the industry we have the know-how to help you succeed on any type of project.

What is your service area?

These days many business owners and home owners are looking for potential contractors online. Make sure one of the first questions you ask is whether or not a contractor that you’re interested in works in your area so as not to waste your time, or theirs. You may find a contractor online that looks very promising, only to be disappointed that they don’t work in your area. You can check out our service areas here: https://www.souderbrothersconstruction.com/service-areas/

Have you done this type of project before?

Many contractors will boast a wide range of experience, but you want to make sure that the contractor you hire has done similar work in the past. Ask to see project photos, talk to references, and maybe even stop by the site of one of their past or current projects to get a first-hand look at their work.

How much disruption should I expect?

If you are renovating an existing space as opposed to new construction, there are bound to be some interruptions to your daily business or home life. With that being said, make sure you work out in advance how to best minimize those disruptions. Talk to your contractor about doing demo or other noisy work outside of normal business hours (however, be prepared that off hours work usually costs more). At Souder Brothers we do most of our construction projects while businesses remain open and operational, so we know how to navigate these types of projects with as little disruption as possible.

Who will I see day to day on site?

It’s important to ask this question up front so you are not surprised if the person you’re working with throughout the bidding process is not the person you see on site daily. At Souder Brothers the estimator/project manager will remain involved throughout the entirety of your project, but you likely won’t see them every day. We will have a working superintendent from our company on site daily at your project, along with our on-staff carpenters to oversee any specialty contractors so you can rest assured that you’re getting top-notch, trustworthy service at all times.

If you still have questions about the construction process or how to make a decision to hire the best contractor, give us a call. We’re happy to walk through the process with you and help you feel comfortable that Souder Brothers is ready and able to handle your project.

4 thoughts on “5 Questions to Ask your Potential General Contractor”

  1. I totally agree with you, it is would be necessary to ask these questions especially if its your first time. it is really important to know what your contractor can bring to the table. Great blog!

  2. I think it’s really important to make sure your potential contractor is local to the area. I have a lot of people who I have talked about using as a general contractor but I haven’t gone with since they weren’t local. That is super important to me that they are local. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of locals.

  3. We are looking for a commercial general contracting service to work on a project that we have at my office. I think that it is a good idea to ask about the type of project the contractor has done and if they can do this one. It would help to weed out contractors that do not have the required skillset.

  4. Thanks for the tip about how off-hours will usually cost more to do. It makes sense because my cousin works in construction and he says that he hates working nights. Getting paid a little bit more will be a good reason to do so anyway.

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