Tampa-Based MaintenX Provides Top Tips for Choosing General Contractors

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Facility managers should know these tactics to select the right general contractor.

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No business should be waylaid by an unscrupulous general contractor.

Construction projects are an exciting part of the business life-cycle. However, facility managers should consider enlisting a commercial general contractor if the project is big enough. These experienced project managers can handle complex issues like building design, zoning regulations, supplies, permitting, and codes. MaintenX wants facility managers to prepare for selecting the right general contractor for their organization.

“Building, expansion and remodeling should be an exciting time of growth for a company,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “No business should be waylaid by an unscrupulous general contractor.”

MaintenX has been providing facility managers with general contracting services for over 35 years. Here are some of top tips for ensuring you select the right general contractor for your project:

Determine Your Need: The first step in choosing the right contractor is to determine if your project requires one. Your answer will depend on the scope of work needed. Large-scale projects may require special permits or experience, that can be provided by contractors, or you may not have the bandwidth and time to complete a project by yourself. A contractor can make completing a project more streamlined and efficient.

Ask Questions: Asking questions is a great way to vet a general contractor to determine if they are a good fit for your project. Some key questions to ask: “How long have you been in business,” “Do you have a contracting license,” “How will we resolve any disagreements,” “What is the timeline and payment schedule,” and “What is the best way for me to get in touch with you?” These questions can help determine whether a general contractor has the right qualifications and work ethic for your project.

Know the Warning Signs: Be wary of general contractors who solicit door-to-door, offer significant referral discounts or discounts on leftover project materials. Another warning sign to be aware of is a general contractor who asks you to pull your own building permits, or demands full payment upfront. While some contractors reward loyal customers, these activities may suggest the general contractor is trying to score an easy job, rather than perform careful, thoughtful leadership on a project.

For more information about MaintenX, visit http://www.maintenx.com.

MaintenX International is a fully-licensed, facilities repair company. They are one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S. MaintenX has created a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has fostered a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country to provide superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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