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What To Look for When Researching For A Commercial Tenant Improvement Contractor

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Commercial tenant improvement contractors (CTIC) are professionals that specialize in improving the appearance and functionality of commercial properties. They can enhance the building by installing new windows, doors, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring, heating systems, air conditioning units, fire sprinklers, elevators, and other features. Research to see if they are insured and bonded. If they are, you can rest assured that they will safely perform their work. The best will also be able to give you references. Looking elsewhere is a good idea if they don’t have insurance or bonding.

Do They Have Experience?

If you’re looking for an experienced CTIC, ask them how much experience they have with commercial property improvements. It’s also essential to find out what projects they have completed. For example, if they only install new roofs, then they might not be able to handle any other type of project. Always employ a contractor that has been in business for at least five years. Five years typically means that they have enough experience to be able to do the job right. You can also ask them what projects they have done in the past.

Are They Licensed?

Make sure the company you choose has a license to perform commercial property improvements. They must comply with local building codes and regulations and state licensing requirements. If you are unsure how to find information about a builder, several government websites have information that will help you identify contractors with licenses. You never want to hire a contractor without a license.  

Can They Provide References?

Ask for references from previous clients. If they don’t provide them, find out why not. They may not want to give references because they fear you would disapprove of their work. The contractor should be able to provide you with at least three names and contact information of people who have worked with them before. You can call the references and ask them about the quality of work, the cost of the job, and whether they would recommend the contractor to others.

Will They Be Responsive?

Responsiveness is an important question to ask any prospective tenant improvement contractor. How open will they be to your needs? Do they respond quickly to emails? Are they willing to meet with you at your convenience?

If you work with a contractor, it is crucial to find one with a good reputation. You should see a contractor that is experienced and knowledgeable in the field. You should also find a contractor that is a good communicator. Flowing information is vital because you must communicate with the contractor throughout the project. You should also find a contractor that is fair and honest. There are many ways to find a contractor. Your online community is a wonderful place to find recommendations. You can also ask friends and family if they know of any contractors they can recommend.

Will They Work Within Your Budget?

If you’re hunting for a commercial tenant improvement contractor who will work within your budget, then you need to ensure that they understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Ask them how much they charge per square foot. You could also contact the Swick and Son team to help you with your next great project.