Building out a commercial space is a big decision and often a new experience for business owners. Whether your commercial project is a new build, tear down, rebuild, or update, you will have to make several complex decisions along the way. Of course, the commercial building or renovation process begins with choosing the right general contracting company, like Omni Commercial Group. Choosing the right team can make all the difference on your commercial project. Luckily, there are questions to ask a general contractor that can help you find the best fit for your project.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
It is important to you work with a general contractor that has enough experience to professionally handle your project. Experienced general contractors are well versed in working with clients to understand the functionality of a space as well as its aesthetics. For instance, Omni Commercial Group has been building a reliable foundation since 1985, and it is our belief that relationships define how buildings are constructed. From the spark of an idea to design and the final product, relationships affect each of these aspects. Knowing your general contractor has been in business will assure you that your project will not be exposed to poor construction or delivered in an untimely manner.
Do You Have Project Managers?
It is critical that the general contractor has a team of project managers that will handle everything from permitting and submitting after the award of the project. An experienced team of project managers will have well-trained carpenters and laborers to complete construction. Our team of project managers is experienced in knowing how to set up a project from start to finish.
Are You Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?
General contractors will be licensed, bonded, and insured. If the general contractor is not, it will leave you vulnerable to shoddy workmanship and dangerous conditions. Always ask to see the contractor’s licensing and proof of insurance prior to hiring. Omni Commercial Group is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and all our employees are trained with our own safety policies.
How Long Will the Project Process Take?
It is important that you and the general contractor have a mutual and set expectation on the timeline to complete the project from start to finish. Make sure the contractor commits to a delivery date in the contract. A reputable company with experience, like Omni Commercial Group, will put together a comprehensive construction plan that will ensure your construction project is delivered on time and as planned.
Do You Guarantee and Provide Warranties for Your Work?
Even when you find the best general contractor in Chicago, as the new build starts to settle over the first year, issues may arise. A good general contractor will guarantee the quality of their work and offer warranties on anything they install on the property. Upon completing a project, Omni Commercial Group provides all the owner’s manuals and warranties in the client’s close out documents.
Can You Provide References for Commercial Project Similar to Mine?
If your contractor is experienced in the type of project you have, they should have no problem providing a reference. Omni Commercial Group has years of experience through its team of successful project managers and construction specialists who can easily provide examples of previous work and references upon request.
At Omni Commercial Group, we check every box on your general contractor checklist. We specialize in commercial construction, tenant finished, remodeling, demolition, and maintenance in the Chicagoland area. When we think of commercial, we think of any space where business can be conducted. Our team is well versed in working with clients to bring their vision to fruition. They are experienced and skilled project managers and laborers; most of them have been a part of the Omni team for over ten years. This consistency in our team gives our clients a company they can count on to take pride in their project. If you are looking for a reputable general contractor in Chicago, think Omni Commercial Group. Contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.