Updated On 15 May 2020.
What will be your first step in finding a general contractor for your commercial property in San Francisco? Ideally, search for them on Google using search queries like “commercial general contractors in San Francisco” which would then provide you information about the ones in San Francisco; there are 130+ commercial general contractors in San Francisco so selecting the right one from so many options is a tricky task as you need to find a commercial general contractor who exactly meets your requirements and also relieves you from all the construction work-related stress.
These tips will help you find your perfect commercial general contractor; before talking about these useful tips, let us make you understand everything you need to know about a commercial general contractor.
Who is a Commercial General Contractor?
As the name suggests, commercial general contractors are general contractors who work on commercial projects. Unlike residential contractors, they work on projects like building and remodeling corporate offices, retail buildings, restaurants, schools, and other types of commercial workplaces.
Note: Never hire a general contractor for your commercial project, always hire a commercial general contractor who has experience in projects similar to yours. We say this because as per the current data shared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, about 96% of the U.S. general contractors are somewhat uncertain to cater the demand for commercial construction.
He will be responsible for controlling the entire construction project, and all the construction activities will be under his supervision. The activities would include:
Depending on the project, a commercial general contractor will oversee the different stages of the project, like-
- Getting Permits: Involves getting all the regional & local permissions to start the project, which would be done in the most efficient time due to the commercial general contractor’s healthy work relationships with the permit-giving officials, which is a result of his experience in the industry.
- Finalizing the Design: Involves collaborating with his team of architects, interior designers, and civil engineers to decide the final design; he has to make sure that the design is as per the legal permits set by the local and regional authorities and the design should even meet your project requirements.
- Procurement of Supplies: He will see to the procurement of the right quality of materials for your project; due to his industry experience and contacts, he’ll be able to get the best deals for the best raw materials from the best suppliers.
- Constructing as per the Building Codes: He will have to ensure that the project starts and successfully gets completed as per the local building codes.
- Managing the Project: He will have to plan, schedule, and assign the various tasks to complete the project within the decided budget & timeline. The contractor will solve any problem that arises during the project plan’s execution to maintain the smooth flow of activities.
How to Hire the Right Commercial General Contractor?
Now that you know who is a commercial general contractor, the next step is to search for one who is right for the project. No matter if it is an individual contractor or a large contractor firm, you need to make sure that you make the right decision.
Some of the tips that can help you decide-
Money is not everything:
Once a commercial general contractor in San Francisco reviews the project, they will work on a plan list and estimate the total cost of the project, called a ‘bid.’ While going through a bid, make sure that the proposal is detailed and includes everything that you want from the project. Also, make sure that all the different bids that you receive adhere to the same scope to ensure that you can compare them easily.
Never consider the Lowest Bid as the only parameter to select a Commercial General Contractor
We say this because ideally, after understanding your project requirements, all the bids for your project would be in a similar range, not very cheaper or costlier than the other contractor. So, even if the lowest bid looks very attractive, don’t fall for it as a contractor would only bid lesser than the other commercial general contractors in San Francisco when he doesn’t have experience in projects similar to yours or else the quality of that contractor’s work would not be up to the industry standards.
No compliance without a license:
For your project’s success, it is essential to hire only a licensed commercial general contractor. Just like most of the local jurisdictions, even in San Francisco, a commercial general contractor has to be licensed, must have proper insurance, and in most instances, also have a bond.
Rather than believing in what a contractor says, check their license online.
Even verify their insurance from the insurance company. Also, check the total coverage as sometimes it wildly varies between contractors. If you feel that the task of verifying a contractor’s license and insurance is not your cup of tea, then you could even take the services of a commercial contractor’s license and insurance verification professional. They would give you an accurate interpretation of the contractor’s license and insurance documentation.
No communication means no information:
The communication between you and the contractor is also essential for the project. So, make sure that you select that contractor whose style of communication matches yours. Whether you need the project updates daily, weekly, or monthly through phone, email, or in-person, the contractor should suit your preferences.
The Contractor must keep you and all the other project stakeholders well informed about the project.
When searching for a commercial general contractor in San Francisco for a project, a piece of important advice is to start as early as possible. This will provide you with adequate time to look through the available options, and the chosen contractor will also get the required time to get permits, work on the project and finish the project as per the deadline.
I hope these tips would be of great help in your selection process; you can even learn from our more detailed & updated list of tips: Tips for Selecting the Right Commercial General Contractor In San Francisco? – Part 2
If you want to consider us to be your commercial general contractor, then please feel free to contact us.