How to Choose a General Contractor

Whether you’re looking to improve one area of your building or starting a construction design from scratch, choosing the right general contractor is a decision worth researching. But with so many options in the Bay Area, it can be hard to know where to start. You can trust Smith & Son to handle all of your commercial construction needs; or consider the following tips when choosing your general contractor in California.

How to Choose a General Contractor in California

Check Credentials

Ensure that the general contractor is licensed, insured, and has a good track record. Look for certifications and affiliations with reputable industry organizations to further validate their expertise and reliability. A reputable general contractor should be able to provide you with references from satisfied clients and demonstrate a solid understanding of local building codes and regulations.

Remember, taking the time to vet contractor’s credentials upfront can save you time, money, and headaches down the road. Smith & Son is fully licensed and insured, a PG&E preferred contractor, ISNet certified, OSHA certified, and Small Business Certified through the state of California.

Review Past Work

Take the time to review the contractor’s portfolio and past projects. This will give you an idea of their style, quality of work, and capabilities. By examining their portfolio and past projects, you can assess whether their expertise aligns with your requirements and expectations. Additionally, it allows you to gauge the level of creativity and attention to detail they bring to each project.

Because Smith & Son retains our very own in-house architect, we ensure seamless coordination between design and construction, resulting in stunning designs brought to life by our dedicated team. Ultimately, a thorough review of the contractor’s work will empower you to select the best candidate for your needs and ensure a successful collaboration that delivers outstanding results.

Get Recommendations

Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with general contractors. Word-of-mouth referrals can be invaluable when choosing a local company. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with general contractors. Additionally, you can also check online reviews and ratings to get a better understanding of the contractors’ reputation.

Interview Multiple Contractors

Don’t settle for the first contractor you come across, or the cheapest. Interview multiple candidates to compare their experience, communication style, and pricing. This crucial step takes your search offline. Conducting phone and/or in-person interviews is the best way to get a genuine feel for each company. By taking the time to interview multiple candidates, you can gain valuable insights into their expertise and approach.

Reputable contractors offer
free, no-hassle, no-obligation quotes. If you run into a candidate offering anything less, it’s probably a sign to cross them off your list.

Get Everything in Writing

Once you’ve chosen a general contractor, make sure to get all agreements in writing. This includes timelines, costs, materials used, proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation payments, and any other important details related to the project. Having everything documented helps ensure that both parties are on the same page and reduces the risk of misunderstandings or disputes later on.

It’s crucial to have clear communication and transparency throughout the entire construction process. By having a written agreement, you can protect your interests and set clear expectations for all aspects of the project. Remember, a well-drafted contract is a key component in any successful construction project!

Choose Smith & Son for Your Next Commercial Construction Project

Smith & Son has been proudly serving the Walnut Creek area with top-tier commercial construction services for over 5 years, specializing in tenant improvements, commercial remodels, foundations, commercial concrete work, warehouse construction, and commercial kitchen and bathroom contracting. By choosing Smith & Son, you’re choosing a proven track record of delivering high-quality results and excellent customer service. You can rest assured that your project is in good hands. 

Contact us today for a free quote!