4 Critical Things to Do Before Hiring a Contractor

4 Critical Things to Do Before Hiring a Contractor

When starting a new hospitality renovation project, selecting a general contractor that will work with you and execute your vision is crucial. From finding a properly licensed hospitality renovation general contractor to vetting candidates through referrals and their portfolios, a lot needs to be done to understand the full scope of what they can and will do for your project. Here are some things you should do or know before hiring a contractor.

Talk to Multiple Contractors

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It is wise to get multiple estimates from various contractors to see which ones will be the best match for your project and its budget.

Don’t just pick the first contractor that catches your eye, do some field research. We encourage this – even if that firm is Case and Associates General Contractors! It is wise to get multiple estimates from various contractors to see which ones will be the best match for your project and its budget. Compare the same factors when estimating the material cost, timelines, work methods, etc. Keep a look out for assessments that are extraordinarily high or low; there may be hidden fees or terms that you could be missing. While these quotes are not inherently “the wrong choice,” additional research may be required to understand why the bid was valued in such a way.

Check Their Past Work

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Not only should you review their portfolio, but you should also look at their years of experience and client testimonials as well.

The best way to know if a contractor will work with your project is by looking at their past projects. Have they worked on a similar project before? Have their projects been done in time? Have they worked with reputable nationwide hospitality groups or only on small projects? Not only should you review their portfolio, but you should also look at their years of experience and client testimonials as well. Hiring a general contractor that has specialized in hospitality renovation for a long time is essential to getting your project done the right way. Reaching out to the previous clients they’ve worked with and getting their perspective on the hospitality renovation general contractor will give you a good idea of the firm’s quality and reliability.

Create a Clear and Bulletproof Contract

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All key stakeholders need to be on the same page before starting a big project, and a valid contract is the foundation of any beneficial partnership.

Get everything in writing and ensure that communication is comprehensive and clear. The most basic items that need to be outlined in the agreement are a detailed scope of work, payment schedule, estimated timeline, applicable guarantees, and signatures from both parties. All key stakeholders need to be on the same page before starting a big project, and a valid contract is the foundation of any beneficial partnership. Any changes to the agreement need to be addressed in writing and approved by both parties’ legal teams.

Take Your Time

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Be sure to consider other offers, read the fine print, and then make your decision.

Executing a renovation project with an “as soon as possible” mindset can be tempting. After all, a project that drags on for too long can hurt your hotel business. However, it would be a mistake to take the first “good” bid that comes your way. Selecting a general contractor that doesn’t have a track record of timely, high-quality service can damage your business more severely than a “slow” project ever could.

It is necessary to reject some bids and make corrections or amendments to any proposal considered. Be sure to consider other offers, read the fine print, and then make your decision. Make sure your general contractor is the right fit for you and your project before signing off. Committing to a business partner that may not have your best interest in mind could have dire consequences.

The Case and Associates Difference

Are you looking for a hospitality renovation general contractor with a strong portfolio and decades of maintaining iron-clad relationships? Case and Associates General Contractors is here for you. Check out our case study: “Grand Hotel: Preserving History and Preparing for the Future” which details our successful renovation of one of the nation’s most iconic and historic vacation spots.

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