Choosing the Right Contractor
Choosing the right contractor for your construction work, especially demolition jobs, is critically important. Demolition work is usually viewed as chaotic and dangerous which is why it should only be handled by a professional contractor with proper planning, skilled workforce, and the right equipment. Logistical and safety concerns in the deconstruction of residential, commercial, or industrial structures make it important to find the right contractor for the job who’s capable of following strict safety and health codes besides doing the job right.
So how do you find the right contractor for your demolition work?
Here are some of the key factors to consider when looking for the best contractor:
The most important thing to consider is what your demolition work will entail and if the contractor does indeed provide the services you need. You can only do this by evaluating the services they provide in their demolition projects.
Make sure the contractor provides the following services, at the very least:
- Clearance and removal of the entire structure
- Concrete ground slab removal
- Complete disposal of rubble and all waste materials according to the laid down regulations
- The cost of recyclable materials
- Asbestos removal
- Overall clean up
Make sure they have any other specialized services you may need in your project.
The right tools and machinery
It goes without saying that a good contractor should necessarily have the right tools and equipment to handle the job safely and efficiently. You should preferably deal with a contractor who owns the latest specialized equipment rather than a cowboy contractor who hires equipment from other companies and ends up inflating project costs.
Is the contractor licensed to operate in your location?
Every contractor worth the name should have the right licenses to operate in your locality. For instance, if the firm is not registered as a waste carrier or dealer, they will be fined by the authorities and delay your work. Having the proper licenses is also a good demonstration of their experience and professionalism. Check if the contractor has the right certification to handle the task including insurance policies, licenses, and a portfolio of all the projects handled in the past.
Check their customer feedback and testimonials
You obviously need the best contractor with a good reputation. Find out how they have handled their past projects through customer testimonials and feedback. You can even ask to visit their previous job sites to check the quality of their work. Ask to talk to people they have previously worked for too.
Ensure everything is included in the quote
The overall cost of any construction or deconstruction job is an important factor. Find out what each contractor charges for your work by asking for a complete quote. Your demolition project may involve other structural considerations such as removal and replacement of hidden water and gas pipes or even the presence of asbestos which may inflate the cost of the project midway. Make sure the contractor provides you with a complete quote which includes any extra work that may arise.