PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Robert J. Finlay
, the CEO of a real estate and construction company, sheds light on businesses and homeowners shopping for contractors. Building a new storefront or adding a garage to a home may not seem like the most pertinent thing to do given recent economic downturns; however, as companies grow to meet demands with lower costs and efficient building technologies, there is no better time to get an edge on commercial competition via renovation. Finding a contractor, though, is not as easy as it appears.
According to a post
on Lifehacker, contractors are for jobs that are not "DIY." When it comes to investing in a project, non-industry people often think they are capable of finishing a project on their own.
"There are things that you can do, and things you can't do," Robert J. Finlay says. "Even if a business owner has construction experience, projects take a lot of time and are often easier to do the first time through the right way."
Contractors are not scarce. The article says that most look the same but where one does a project quickly to completion with minimal problems, another may overcharge, underwork, and take twice as long as a competitor. Finding a solid contractor means checking references; the article encourages people to ask other businesses and homeowners for advice on any given project. Certain contractors are better at different things, especially ones with regulated trades like cement mixing, plumbing, and electricity and wiring. Regulated contractors are useful because they are more familiar with city codes and regulations.
Like when a business owner is looking to partner up with another company, it is important to ensure a potential contractor has a positive reputation. Researching contractors on Angie's List, a crowdsourcing customer review site, is a good start. People should also check out contractors through the Better Business Bureau to make sure they are in good standing.
When shopping for contractors, it is important to compare and contrast competition.
"Every contractor has his or her own way of doing things," Robert J. Finlay says. "Some have help, some subcontract, some don't know what they're doing and others know exactly what to do. Never rush a project through or pick a contractor without comparing at least two other companies to work with."
While a business owner may have an idea of what he or she wants done, a contractor may have an entirely different vision. During planning stages, make sure the hired contractor understands the instruction. People should also take their advice; contractors' jobs are to build and they often know what they are doing more so than a business owner.
The article warns businesses and homeowners of "lowest bidder" traps. Often, struggling contractors will do everything they can to get jobs. When it comes to a storefront or home, however, it is crucial to make sure the contractor will do quality work. Robert J. Finlay suggests people looking for contractors should go with their gut in the end.
Philanthropist and CEO of R.J. Finlay & Co., Robert J. Finlay
understands good work when he sees it. His company is involved with real estate, construction, and building materials. Finlay's company is based in Nashua, New Hampshire.