Choosing the right commercial contractor for your business can mean the difference between a successful project and one that fails to get off the ground. Where do you start? In this blog, we’ll look at some important factors to consider when choosing a commercial contractor for your business.

Get recommendations

Ask others in your industry if they can recommend a contractor. If they’ve hired contractors for similar projects, they’ll likely have some good contacts to share. They might also be able to warn of any contractors who were unreliable or didn’t provide a good service, so you’re aware of who to avoid.

Ask for references, reviews and testimonials

One of the most important things to do when choosing a commercial contractor for your business is to check reviews and testimonials. As well as checking their Google Business Profile and website, don’t hesitate to ask for client contact details so you can follow up. Think of relevant questions to ask past clients, for example, did the contractor work to budget, were their skills and experience suitable for the project, and did they show up on time, communicate clearly and complete the project on time and to a high standard?

Check licensing, insurance and accreditation

It’s equally important to check that any contractor you’re considering hiring is properly accredited, licensed and insured. Anyone who doesn’t hold a valid licence may not be qualified to carry out the work they’re promising. A contractor without the proper insurance might end up costing your business money in the event of an accident or unforeseen issues.

Assess communication skills

When hiring a commercial contractor you want somebody who communicates clearly. If a project runs over budget or behind schedule, you need to know promptly. Likewise, if a personal emergency prevents contractors from working, you need to be kept informed. Excellent communication starts with the very first contact with any commercial contractor — are they easy to reach via phone and/or email during business hours? If you can’t get hold of them now, things are unlikely to be any different should you hire them.

Discuss the financial details

Always make sure that you clearly outline your budget and provide it to potential commercial contractors. Anyone you’re planning to work with should provide a detailed estimate, with a breakdown of any associated costs for materials, labour, and other expenses. A contractor who is uncomfortable with financial details or gives a rough estimate without a breakdown isn’t somebody you want to work with.


As you can see, there are a number of important things to think about when choosing a commercial contractor for your business. Though it might be tempting to rush this stage, it’s important to spend time selecting the right contractor to prevent problems down the line.

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