Knowing the roles of each member of your construction team is important. When you are interviewing general contractors for your project, make sure you know who will be part of your team. Some companies hand off responsibilities between the estimating and actual construction stages of the project, so the person you meet up front may no longer be involved when the project gets underway. It would be in your best interest to meet the whole team before deciding to move forward to make sure that you have a good feeling about your future project manager and everyone else involved. You’ll be working closely with them through the rest of your project. At Souder Brothers you will have the same team dedicated to your project from start to finish. Our goal is to build strong, lasting relationships with our clients.
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When a contractor/customer relationship doesn’t work out, there seems to be a lot of finger pointing about who did what, and how the project went so wrong. We’ve heard horror stories from our customers about previous bad experiences they’ve had with other general contractors. It’s a sad realization that more unfortunately than not this seems to be the norm. It’s always our goal to make sure that our customers are thrilled with not only the end result, but also the entire construction process. We’ve touched on this subject before, and hope that sharing these tips will help keep you from finding yourself in a similar situation.
Important qualities to look for in a potential General Contractor include the following:
- Customer and specialty contractor relationship management
- Strong experience portfolio
- Financial stability
- Strong intracompany processes
- Attention toward staff development
Pre-qualification questions to ask a potential General Contractor:
- How do you identify and resolve issues that arise on a project?
- How often will you stop by to check on the project?
- Tell us about a situation where you acted preventatively for a client in order to improve the project outcome.
- Will I have a dedicated team working on my project?
- Can I visit one of your current jobsites to see how the site runs and is kept?
Sometimes checking references isn’t enough. Anyone who gives out a reference list is quite obviously only going to pass out contact info of clients who had a good experience with their firm. It’s important to ask detailed questions and get your own ‘gut-feeling’ about the people and the company you’re considering hiring. Take the time to do your due-diligence before signing any type of contract agreement. Knowing the right questions to ask can help you make the best and most informed decision about which firm will be the right fit for your project.
When you’re working on a residential or commercial remodel project, there are a few things we as contractors find it helpful if our customers are aware of. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the construction process, what you will be responsible for as the owner, and what you should expect from your contractor.
1. Your budget is just that: a budget.
Budgets are a great idea, and important to have. However, keep in mind that a budget needs to be flexible. You may have a number in mind that you aren’t willing to go over but it’s important to realize that some items may be more expensive than you anticipated, while others might be less. Inevitably, even with the best planning in place, unexpected issues often arise. Be realistic about actual construction costs, and build yourself a 10-15% cushion for any surprises that may arise.
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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.
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In the age of technology, it’s easy to type in a search and find just about anything you’re looking for, including general contractors in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, and other local areas. But even with all this access to information right at your fingertips, how do you know which one to choose? If you’re not a construction guru, chances are you’ll want a company who has the ability and resources to take you from start to finish. Souder Brothers is a one-stop shop general contractor, meaning we work with clients during the entire process, from design all the way through construction.
A One-Stop Shop From Design to Construction
Many clients prefer the ease of one-stop shopping. It’s convenient, and you can count on your contractor to bring in everyone you need to have a successful construction project. This also allows you to continue on with your daily routine without having to worry about taking the time out of your busy schedule to keep things moving. If your project requires the services of architects, engineers, or interior designers, we have a great network of professionals that we work with on a regular basis. In addition, Souder Brothers has the ability to produce drawings to scale in-house. We also offer 3D renderings so you can visualize what your project will look like when it’s finished. Previous clients have found this to be extremely beneficial. Seeing a concept on paper before it’s built allows for changes to be made before it’s going to cost the owner extra money.
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