Questions to Ask Before Scheduling Industrial Contracting Services

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Choosing the right industrial contracting service provider is critical for success in any project. That’s why it’s important to have a set of relevant questions on-hand when you meet with a contractor for the first time. Continue reading to learn more about the top four questions that you should be asking before you commit to any industrial construction contractor.

1. What Is Your Experience?

First, it’s crucial to hire an experienced contractor. A professional industrial contractor will have a well-developed portfolio and be happy to share it with you. Lacking a portfolio in the industrial general contracting space is a novice’s mistake and should be looked upon skeptically.

Remember that your project is very important—you should always be sure that your contractor has the relevant experience needed to fluently manage the scope of your project.

2. How Will You Communicate Delays?

Even the most skilled construction contractors encounter delays periodically, so it’s vital to discuss and plan for the possibility of issues arising as part of the initial process of any project.

Ask the contractor how they will be communicating with you about delays, progress, or any other areas of concern that develop throughout the course of construction.

Additionally, it’s important to have a single point of contact with your contractor to ensure clear lines of responsible communication. 

And, on the topic of communication, ask yourself how a prospective contractor makes you feel during your first meeting. It’s important to feel positive and optimistic when entering into any long-term business arrangement.

3. How Will You Stay On Budget?

Related to communication, your chosen industrial contracting service provider should have no reservations discussing the costs involved with your project. 

Ask potential contractors about materials, labor, and other definable expenses that are not likely to change during the course of the project. Also, discuss soft costs, including architect fees, insurance, taxation, and other project expenses that may fluctuate during the process.

The best contractor will clearly explain all hard and soft costs involved in your project, and keep you in the loop about any developing changes that may affect your budget or proposed payment schedule.

4. What Delivery Methods Are Available?

Lastly, you must ask prospective industrial contractors about the percentage of the project that they will self-perform. How will contractors who outsource (subcontract) various phases of projects ensure worksite safety, budget compliance, deadlines, and consistent quality?

Before hiring an industrial general contracting company, ask about their delivery methods. The best industrial contractors will offer:

  • Self-Performed General Contracting Services
  • Complete Engineering & Procurement
  • Comprehensive Design Services

Place Your Trust in CCI Industrial Contractors

At CCI, we know that project success not only relies on having the right equipment and team, but also on consistent communication and client support. Founded in 1997, we provide a wide array of industrial contracting services to clients around Michigan, including heavy rigging, machinery installations, maintenance, and structural steel erection. 

No matter what type of project we’re handling, we always focus on safety, quality, and efficiency. To learn more about our past projects, please visit our portfolio. If you have questions about our services, or you would like to request a project consultation, please fill out our online form today.