Important Questions to Ask Your Commercial General Contractor

Everyone who reads our blog knows how dedicated we are to teaching people about our industry. For us, building relationships is just as important as all the other building we do—and teaching you what we know is a part of that. In the past, we’ve talked a little bit about how to hire the right commercial contractor. You can find that article here. But in today’s blog post, we’re not just going to talk about the right questions to ask before you hire a general contractor. We’re going to give you some questions you should ask during a project as well. It’s important to us that you understand the industry as much as possible. It makes things easier for us, and it saves you a lot of headache, too. That’s why we’re going to take some time to give you a few important questions to ask your commercial general contractor.

Important Questions about Experience and Timelines

One of the most important questions to ask your commercial general contractor is, “How long have you been in the construction industry?” In construction, experience is everything. General contractors that don’t have the right experience for your project won’t be able to get your project done right. It’s that simple. But if they’ve been around for a while and have a lot of experience completing projects in your area, it’s a good sign. It’s not just about the things they’ve seen and dealt with on the job. It’s about the systems that they’ve put in place. Good commercial general contractors have controls in place to make sure they get their projects done on time and on budget. And often, they’ve had enough time to make important connections. It’s safer to go with a general contractor who knows good subcontractors in the area than one with no connections at all.

When you hire your commercial general contractor, you should also be asking them, “What is our timeline for project completion?” If the answer is “I don’t know,” that’s an immediate red flag. It’s important for general contractors and project owners to have a good working relationship. And part of that relationship is establishing a clear project timeline. So if your commercial general contractor has an idea of the project timeline and they hesitate to show it to you, that should raise some eyebrows as well. You should know what to expect when you’re getting into a project. It’s the general contractor’s job to make sure that’s the case. And in addition to asking about the project timeline, it’s a good idea to ask about any potential delays. The more you know about what’s going on and what might slow the project down, the happier you’ll be with your finished project.

Questions to Ask Your Commercial General Contractor about Getting in Touch and the Working Day

Another important thing to ask is, “How do you want me to get in touch with you?” This is such an important question, and so many people either forget or never knew to ask. You need to be able to get in touch with your commercial general contractor. It’s as simple as that. They may not give you their personal cell number—or they might, depending on the contractor—but you need a point of contact. This could be the business owner or a construction manager; either way, you need to have someone to speak with who can keep you updated. Ask your contractor what times and mediums work best for them. Would they rather you called or texted? Will they respond more frequently during the morning or in the evening? These are all good things to know so you can keep in touch.

You should also consider asking your general contractor, “What will your working day be like?” If you plan on being home when construction starts every day, it’s a good idea to find out when to expect the construction team. And even if you won’t be there during construction, it’s still a good idea to keep yourself informed about your project. It’s helpful to know how much noise to expect from construction and how long they will be there each day. And your contractor might ask you some questions, too. They may want to know things like when you’ll be home (in case they need something) or where to find power outlets that their team can use. It’s an important conversation to have. Good commercial general contractors will do everything in their power to make sure everyone, including their team, is up to speed.

Questions to Ask about Resolving Disputes

Lastly, it’s incredibly important that you ask your commercial general contractor about how to resolve any disputes that might arise. In this article about design-build project delivery, we talked a little bit about some of the negative impacts that unresolved disputes can have on a project. Hopefully, it will never come to that. But in an industry where unexpected delays happen, it’s important to have a plan in case things go wrong. Just asking the question is a good way of figuring out whether a general contractor is right for you. If they have a ready answer, it means that they’ve already established a system for resolving issues. Ask them about issues that they’ve had come up before with other clients. Having issues isn’t necessarily a problem—not knowing how to handle them is.

Good commercial general contractors have all the right answers to these questions. And at Western Constructors, we’re confident that we can answer any of these questions to your satisfaction. We have the experience necessary to make the right decisions, and we’ve been around long enough to know that we can take on projects of any size. And we take the time to make sure our clients know everything they want to know about their projects. We don’t want to keep you in the dark—we want you to ask questions to make the process easy. If you’re interested in looking at some more important questions to ask your commercial general contractor, be sure to check out this article. It can be difficult to ask questions when you’re not sure what to ask. We wanted to give you these questions so you can be prepared for anything.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Construction Managers and General Contractors Grand Junction

One of the questions we often get about the construction industry has to do with the difference between construction managers and general contractors. Many people mistakenly think that they’re the exact same thing and offer the same services. That’s why today on our blog, we’re going to show you that this isn’t the case at all. Construction managers and general contractors in Grand Junction play different roles and help with different parts of the construction process. It’s always important to us that you have the best information possible about the construction industry so that you can make the right decisions for your construction needs. That’s why in this article we’re going to show you all the differences between construction managers and general contractors. It’s important for you to know exactly what you’re looking for, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right person for the job.

Construction Managers vs. General Contractors

The first important question to ask here is, “What is a construction manager?” Every construction project benefits from a construction manager that is essentially there to make the entire process goes smoothly. Construction managers oversee and direct a wide variety of projects, often in both residential and commercial construction. They’re usually the ones setting the schedule and making sure they stick to it. They’re also there to make sure that everyone working is on task and moving in the right direction. They offer valuable insight and make sure that everything is going perfectly, and they also make sure the workplace is free of safety hazards. If there’s a dispute between workers, the construction manager takes care of it. And they watch over the budget, too. A construction manager wants to make sure that the project stays within the target timeframe and does their best to avoid going over the budget.

But it’s also important to define what a general contractor is, too. General contractors help oversee the day-to-day operations of the project. They work with architects and engineers to make sure that they’re filling the needs of the project design. Sometimes, this also means that they need to tweak the original designs or make a couple of changes. The general contractor is responsible for helping make decisions about these changes and carrying them out. Another thing that general contractors do is hire on subcontractors for a project. And once they hire subcontractors, it’s their job to manage them and make sure everything goes right. If they’re building a new home, for example, a general contractor might hire subcontractors for plumbing and electricity. Most of the time, general contractors spend their day travelling and working at job sites, and they help make sure everything gets done on time.

Key Differences Between Construction Managers and General Contractors

So what’s the difference between these two key positions? Though they sometimes do similar things, the two roles differ in some important ways. One of the key differences between construction managers and general contractors, in Grand Junction and everywhere else, is when they join the project. Construction managers join a project at the very beginning. What this means is that they don’t just work during the construction phase. They also actively work during the design phase, setting budgets and making sure that the project designs are satisfactory. General contractors, on the other hand, join in during the construction phase. They don’t usually get involved during the design phase and are generally only hired on once a project has been already been designed. That’s one of the reasons why general contractors sometimes need to adjust designs as they work with engineers and architects on your project.

So which one should you be looking to hire? It really depends on what stage of the construction process you’re in. If you’re just starting and aren’t sure what to do, a construction manager is probably your best bet. Because they help in the design and planning process, it takes more weight off your shoulders. Sometimes a general contractor can act like a construction manager, assisting in the design phase. But that’s usually only the case if you already have a working relationship with a general contractor. If you already have your designs, budget, and schedule, then it might be better to hire a general contractor. A construction manager is more of a collaborative partner, while more independent clients may find better service with a general contractor.

Working Together in Grand Junction

But the two roles aren’t totally exclusive. Oftentimes, it’s in a construction manager’s best interest to hire a general contractor. The two roles can work hand-in-hand. The construction manager acts as an adviser to the client and supervises the project. A general contractor will manage day-to-day operations and hire the appropriate subcontractors. Dividing the work between them can help make sure your project sticks to your timeframe and budget, but the decision to hire on a general contractor generally belongs to the construction manager. Since they work as an adviser to you, thought, you can always ask your construction manager whether it’s a good idea to hire a general contractor for your project. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between construction managers and general contractors, be sure to check out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we offer both general contracting and construction management services. Whether you need someone to hire qualified subcontractors or you need comprehensive construction management services, we have you covered. We take on as much of a project as you need, in design, construction, budgeting, and scheduling. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do in each of these roles, you can find more information on our website here. And if you’d rather talk to us directly, feel free to give us a call! Educating our readers is one of our most important goals for our blog. It’s why we write articles like this and others that explain the industry to you, like our blog post about the differences between residential and commercial construction. We find that helping people make educated decisions about the construction industry makes them happier in the long run.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Common Misconceptions about Home Builders in Grand Junction

At Western Constructors, it’s important to us that you learn something new about the industry every time you check out our blog. But at the same time, just giving you information isn’t enough. To truly teach you about our industry, we need to talk about common misconceptions about home builders in Grand Junction so that people looking to buy a home in our beautiful city don’t have to worry about misinformation. Misconceptions often scare people away from building a new home, but there’s no reason to be afraid. And today we’re going to explain why. In this article, we’re going to focus on residential construction. If you’re not sure what the difference between residential and commercial construction is, be sure to check out our article on the topic. We want to equip you with all the information you need to build a new home in Grand Junction.

Common Cost Misconceptions about Home Builders

Probably the biggest misconception out there about home builders is that people think building a new home costs more than buying a pre-existing one. It’s one of those half-truths that just doesn’t hold up to inspection. While the base cost of buying a pre-existing home might be lower than the base cost of building a new home, base cost isn’t the only important factor. Buying an older home carries a lot of problems. One of the biggest problems with old homes is insulation. Your electricity bill will be a lot higher in a pre-existing home than it will be when you build a new home. It costs a lot less to heat and cool a newly built home, and those savings can add up fast. Even if you save just $85 a month on electricity, that adds up to over $1,000 per year!

You also have to think about the fact that everything in your new house is new. And just the fact that everything’s new can save you a lot of money and a lot of headache.They don’t factor it into the base cost, but when you buy an old home, you inevitably have to put a lot of money into it. Broken air conditioner? That’s going to cost $6,000 to $8,000. When you build a new home, you no longer have to worry about these extra hidden costs. Plus, you make sure that you’re buying the exact right amount of home for you. Instead of paying for  land you won’t use, you could spend that money on something that matters. And down the line, you might want to sell your home. If you build a new home, you can be selling a ten-year-old home instead of a thirty- or forty-year-old one.

Completion Time for Home Builders

Another one of the frustrating common misconceptions about home builders is that building a home in Grand Junction can take a huge amount of time. Though it often takes longer to build a home than it does to move into a pre-existing one, it varies from project to project. Each home that someone builds has different designs, different finishes, and different needs. What this means is that if you need a home completed in a short amount of time, there are options you can choose to speed up the home-building process. At Western Constructors, we’re dedicated to setting up a timeframe for completion with you and sticking to it. When you trust us with your project, you can be sure that we’ll do absolutely everything in our power to avoid delays. Generally, we think that waiting a little longer to move into a better home is a worthwhile trade-off.

But even though being able to choose the different pieces of your home is exciting, there are other people that worry that they have too many decisions to make to be able to build a home. But this is just another one of the common misconceptions about home builders. For people that like to plan and have a say in everything, there are plenty of options. But most residential construction companies also have pre-made designs and layouts to take some of the weight off your shoulders. So if you likes to hand the reins over, you can relax. We’re willing to help just as much or as little as you need us to. And if it’s easier for you to go with an almost completely pre-designed home, that works just fine. We want to make the home-building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Visualizing your Finished Home in Grand Junction

Another one of the common misconceptions we hear all the time is that it’ll be hard to visualize what your finished home will look like in the end. But most home builders have at least one model home for you to take a look at. Often, they’ll walk you through it and show you your options and explain to you all the choices you have. Our goal as home builders isn’t to confuse or deceive you. We genuinely want you to know what your home is going to look like. We’re dedicated to your satisfaction, and if you’re not satisfied with the finished product, that reflects poorly on us. That’s why we make sure you know exactly what your finished home will look like.

At Western Constructors, we feel that educating you is an important part of our business. Too many people shy away from building homes because they don’t have good information. And if it’s something that we can help fix, we’ll always do our best to fix it. If you have questions about building a home or just want to reach out, give us a call! You can find all of our contact information on our website here. And if you’re interested in getting rid of more common misconceptions about home building, be sure to check out this article here. We hope this article has helped you be more confident making decisions about building a home in Grand Junction. We know that the construction industry can be hard to understand, but hopefully it just got a little easier.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Great Construction Companies Grand Junction

At Western Constructors, it’s our goal to make sure your construction needs are met. Whether it’s through information on our blog or through the many services we provide, we always want to make construction a smooth and simple process for you. But just finding the right construction company to begin with can be tough. Oftentimes, people end up having to search “great construction companies Grand Junction” online because they’re not sure how to even start looking for a good construction company near them. That’s why today we’re going to make it a little easier for you. In this article, we’ll talk about the traits that make for great construction companies. We think it’s important that you have some basic information that will help make your search easier. There are many good construction companies out there—but those that have these qualities will be the truly great ones.

Track Record and Reputation of Great Construction Companies

One of the most obvious ways to tell if a construction company is great is to learn about their track record. Great construction companies have proven their quality time and time again, and they’ve proven it across the industry. Check out some of the projects the company has taken on—and make sure that they’ve completed those projects, too. But make sure you research carefully. Even if a company has a good track record of projects in commercial construction, they may not have the same record in residential construction. And if you want to learn more about the differences between the two types of construction, we recommend checking out our article here. Construction companies with broad experience in all aspects of the construction industry are more likely to get the job done right. That’s why you should always look for a construction company with broad experience and proven success.

Of course, if a construction company is great, people won’t be afraid to talk about it. A company’s reputation is incredibly important, and it’s often a good starting point. If they have lots of negative reviews or lots of people are saying bad things about the company, it might be a good sign to stay away. Look for construction companies with positive reviews that people have enjoyed working with in the past. But sometimes a construction company has no reviews—what should you do then? Generally, be wary of companies with no reputation. Often, it means that they’ve just begun and don’t have the experience necessary to complete your project in a satisfactory way. But not having reviews isn’t always a bad sign. Just make sure that you’re careful and look further into the experience that the company has and the projects that they’ve completed.

Timely Project Delivery and a Great Team

Another thing to look for in a great construction company is timely project delivery. A company might have a good number of projects completed, but that’s not the only important thing to look for. It’s possible that they finished every single one of those projects late or left the owner unhappy. That’s why looking at the timelines as well as the completed projects is so important. And reputation comes in here, too. If a construction company is consistently unable to meet project deadlines, unhappy clients will probably be talking about it. We recommend looking for construction companies like us that use design-build project delivery. It’s a faster, more efficient way to finish projects on time. We’ve talked a little bit about our design-build model before and how it speeds up project delivery. If you’re interested in reading more about it, be sure to check out our article here.

Great construction companies, whether they’re in Grand Junction or anywhere else, will always have a great team. Construction companies that have a good staff with experienced professionals are always going to be better than companies with disorganized or inexperienced workers. And if a company doesn’t have a staff, it’s not always a bad sign. Often, general contractors will hire subcontractors to help them complete a project. In that case, it’s important to take a look at who the construction company has worked with in the past. If both the construction company and the subcontractors have good reviews and good track records, it’s probably a safe bet. At Western Constructors, we’re proud of every single one of the people we have working for us. We only recruit the most qualified subcontractors, and we partner with owners, trade contractors, and architects to identify project goals and designs.

Commitment to Safety

Lastly, it’s important that any construction company is committed to safety. Construction can be a dangerous industry—it’s in the nature of construction to work with heavy machinery with the potential for injury. That’s why great construction companies do everything in their power to ensure the safety of their workers and the safety of the project upon completion. If you learn that a company has had many injuries and their workers are unhappy with how they’ve been treated, that’s a big red flag. Safety is important above all else in this industry, and any company that doesn’t value safety is a company that you should stay away from. If you want more information about qualities that make a construction company great, be sure to check out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we’re proud of our reputation and experience. And we hope you’ll agree when we say that we exhibit every single one of these qualities. It’s what makes us the best of the great construction companies in Grand Junction. We’ve served our community and helped make our city a better place. Whether it’s in the Redlands Mesa are or the Dos Rios area, you’ll find Western Constructors’ work all over town. We’re proud to have worked in Grand Junction for so long. We have decades of insight into consumer/client trends, and we have decades of construction experience. And we’ve found that people love our work. It always makes us proud when someone asks to have their home built specifically by Western Constructors. If you have any doubts, look into our projects. We’re confident that you’ll see just how dedicated we are to our clients and our community.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

An Overview of Western Constructors

If you’ve read our blog the past couple weeks, you might have noticed that we’ve been sharing a lot about the industry lately. It’s true—it’s important to us that you’re kept up to date about things happening in construction. But we also think that it’s important to remind you of the services we provide at Western Constructors. We don’t want who we are to get lost in all the information we’ve given you! That’s why this week we want to tell you a little bit more about ourselves. It’s important to us that you get to know us so that we can build a working relationship. We’ve often said that at Western Constructors, we build relationships. In today’s article, we’re going to give you an overview of Western Constructors. We want you to know who we are, what we value, what we’ve done, and what we still plan to do.

An Overview of Western Constructors’ Projects

We’ve written before about some of the projects we’ve taken on around Grand Junction. In one of our articles, which you can find here, we talked about the work we’ve done in the Dos Rios area. We’ve helped make the Dos Rios area more modern as we’ve shaped Grand Junction’s downtown. And part of that new development is changing the way people live. We’ve helped create live/work communities through our residential and commercial construction in the area. This encourages growth, encourages people to move to Grand Junction, and offers people a chance to live right where they make a living. We think it’s incredible that some people just have to cross the street to get to work. And we’ve been a big part of making that happen. The Dos Rios area has been a long-forgotten part of Grand Junction, but we’ve helped make it an amazing part of the city.

We’ve always envisioned a string of pearls along the Riverside area. It originally became an idea way back in 1987, and the original vision was to create a series of parks and other projects on the water’s edge. That’s one of the reasons that we’ve been doing so much work in the Riverside area, whether it’s through our residential construction in the Redlands Mesa area or our developments at the Las Colonias Business Park. It’s our goal to help make this vision a reality, to make Grand Junction an exciting place for people to work and live. At Western Constructors, it’s important that the work we do always goes toward making our city a better place. And we think that our work in the Riverside has done exactly that. The work we’ve done at Western Constructors has been its own little string of pearls.

Our Values and Services

But we don’t want to just talk about what we’ve done. We also want to talk a little bit about what matters to us. Integrity is one of the most important values to us. And that doesn’t just mean integrity in our business—it’s about our respect for your integrity, too. We always want to get our clients’ projects done as efficiently as possible, and we’re dedicated to always providing the very best quality. But we aren’t a company that will rush a job just for the sake of getting it done quickly. We always work hard to communicate with our clients so that we can thoroughly understand the expectations and requirements of your project. It’s important to us because you’re important to us.

But in an overview of Western Constructors, it would be impossible not to talk about the many services that we offer. We’ve talked a little bit about what we’ve done, but we haven’t talked enough about what we do. We essentially take part in every aspect of the construction process. We help with planning, where we provide services like budget development and critical path scheduling. It’s our goal to help make your project a reality in the best possible way. And after we’ve finished planning, we can work as both general contractors and construction managers. As general contractors, we can see your project through from start to finish. And if you’re looking for expert advice and consultation, we offer comprehensive construction management services. And these are just a couple of our services—take a look at our website for the full list of everything we do.

Western Constructors’ Design-Build Atmosphere

Part of what makes Western Constructors so great is the way we approach our construction projects. We’ve created an amazing design-build atmosphere. In short, design-build is a process that simplifies the entire project from planning to construction. In traditional project delivery, project owners have to work with both general contractors and designers. But what happens when there are conflicts between those two people? What happens when something goes wrong and one of them blames the other? Instead of working with two different groups (which encourages delays) we simplify the process. We work with designers from the beginning to make sure that everyone is on the same page before the project even starts. It contributes to an atmosphere of team-building and cooperation, and it helps ensure that no problems arise. If you’re interested in learning more about design-build project delivery, be sure to check out our article here.

Knowing who we are and learning about the services we provide is an essential part of building a relationship. And at Western Constructors, relationships and integrity mean everything to us. Good contractors find and keep the best people working for them—and we’re incredibly proud of our experienced and talented workers. Good contractors also have a positive work environment, something that we’re constantly working hard to maintain. For more information about traits of successful contractors, we recommend checking out this article here. It’s our hope that this article has helped teach you a little more about who we are and what we value at Western Constructors. It’s important that you know where we come from and where we’re going. We’re proud of our experience and the work we’ve done in Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep serving this incredible community for years to come.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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