When you have decided to build a commercial building, you will have a lot of decisions to make. Perhaps the most important decision, the one that will to a large extent determine how successful your project will be, is who your commercial construction contractor will be. Make the wrong choice here and you could be in for extra costs, time overruns and a boatload of frustrations. Here are some things to look for in finding the best person for the job.

It is important to feel comfortable with the contractor right from the start. If the contractor is being evasive or dodgy in the beginning take that as a warning sign. Be sure the person answers your questions clearly and completely. Good communication is the hallmark of a good contractor. The person should be on time for all appointments. While these might seem like minor things they set the tone for your relationship in the coming months.

Commercial construction can be a complicated endeavor, so don’t be afraid to ask the contractor his or her qualifications. The contractor should have all of the appropriate licenses and certifications. It is always a good idea to get some referrals on similar jobs the contractor has completed. You will also want to make sure the contractor has the necessary insurance liability to cover any unexpected problems, delays or damages.

It is important you do some homework. Do some research to see if this company has any outstanding suits against it or a flurry of complaints from the Better Business Bureau. A little work on your side can save you a lot of hassle down the road.

Finally, look for a commercial construction contractor that exudes, calm, confidence and competence. Professionalism is also an important quality. In the end, you will have to make the decision based on your personal judgement and the research you have done.