When it comes to hiring subcontractors to work on your land development project, it can be stressful. You have dozens of “experts” who claim they can complete the project for you. In most cases, all you have are documents with estimates on it to choose which subcontractor to hire.
When it comes to excavation contractors, you must do your due diligence. Much of land development, whether residential or commercial, depends on the excavation company properly preparing the lot for utilities, construction, and more to successfully complete the project.
In this post, we’re going to share some tips on how to choose the best excavation contractor for your project. You can use these tips to hire your other subcontractors, as well. The goal is to finish your project within the determined deadline and at a profit. Choosing which subcontractors complete the project for you directly affects how your project finishes.
Four Tips To Choose The Best Excavation Contractor
It can be tough to choose between dozens of subcontractors, but there is a process you can implement to consistently find the best for your project. Although these four tips are being used to choose the best excavation contractor in Denver, you can use them to choose just about any subcontractor—or at least narrow down your options before hiring.
Tip #1 – Ask Around About The Subcontractor
You can trust the subcontractor and their “experience,” but you better protect your investment and ask around. The reputation of the excavation subcontractor is important. If they’ve worked with other contractors, you want to know:
- Does the subcontractor get work done on time?
- Do they deliver quality work?
- How do they handle tight deadlines?
- How did they handle changes in plans?
Ask the questions above and more. You want as complete of an image as possible before you officially hire your excavation contractor.
Tip #2 – Ask For References And Testimonials
In the same vein as asking around about the subcontractor, go check their work. Contact each excavation contractor and request to see some of their prior work. Where are some lots they’ve prepared for building. Are they working on a lot now that you can go look at? Again, you’re looking for quality work, deadline consistency, and effective communication. See if your potential excavation contractor in Denver can deliver.
Tip #3 – Compare Correct Criteria For Project Completion
What will it take to complete your project? It can be easy to base your decision on price. Granted, the financials are what guide the project. At Claystone Construction, we strongly suggest you take into account the ability to complete jobs on time seriously. A slightly more expensive excavation contractor, as consistent as the sun is rising when it comes to project completion is worth the extra money. Here are some criteria to consider:
- Project date availability
- Schedule flexibility
- Work hour expectations
- Available equipment
- Proof of proper insurance
Tip #4 – Don’t Undercut The Subcontractor’s Pay
The worst thing you can do is offer to hire a subcontractor for less than they are worth. We understand you’re running a business and need to make money, but undercutting your subcontractors will only create resentment and a stressor on the relationship. Pay subcontractors what they’re worth, and look for other ways to reduce the cost of your project—or charge more.
Do you need an excavation contractor in Denver? Claystone Construction services all of Colorado with residential and commercial excavating services, as well as land and mine reclamations. Contact us today to get started!