- Clarify all the elements in the bid you have doubts until they’re iron out to your satisfaction.
- Keep in mind that the low bidder is not always your best option. Aside from price, find out about their online reviews and reputation from previous clients, experience in the exact type of work you need them for, scheduled work volume, business credit rating and proper licenses. Request a few professional references and contact them. Request information about their completion date estimate, work quality guarantee, their experience in follow through for any unexpected problems that arise and how often the contractor stick to their original bid.
- It is always a good practice to meet your designer/architect with the contractor you have chosen to do your TI prior to work start. The architect and contractor will need to have a cordial working relationship for the next three months and ensure they are agreeable.
- Depending on the intricacy of the work needed, you may need to show up every week to construction meetings with your designer/architect and contractor as you need to be on top of things. You must be proactive and be at the jobsite regularly. You may be surprised at the high number of errors you catch by just showing up and reviewing the work going on.
- Stay engaged through the construction process as long as it takes, frequently between 3 to 5 months.
- Keep a good working relationship with the contractor through the final stages of the project, walkthrough and occupancy permitting process, you may be surprised your presence will make a significant difference as small decisions must be made all the way to the end before problems become too big to change and get what you paid for.
A project scope concept review pre-application may be necessary depending on the intricacy of your construction project. Contact PBI’s Project Team for supplementary Information.
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