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Construction and Development of Real Properties

Construction and development of real properties are on a roll as continuous demand for retail and housing is realized in many urban hotspots in the country. High-rise condominiums, subdivisions, BPO, and malls are some major developments that address both the opportunity and demand in the construction landscape. 

Developers who envision the construction and development of real estate properties not only tap on a high yield of lifelong returns but have the opportunity to enrich and enhance the lives of more people as well. 

For a successful real estate project, a developer will need a reliable contractor that can execute the perceived plans with excellent results. Where quality, speed, and cost are three major factors that can make or break your investment. But with so many contractors lined up how will you know you are getting the right contractor for your project? Although getting a perfect balance among the three factors are tough, hiring a professional and experienced contractor can run a challenging project smoothly that’s with the budget in mind.   

5 Smart Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Are You Licensed?

Whatever the size or nature of a real estate development, hiring a licensed contractor gives you that sense of security and that you’re dealing with a legitimate business. Consequently, if ever a problem arises, dealing with a certified building contractor has a better chance of resolving an issue. 

Aside from being legally secure, a licensed contractor will operate in line with the proper guidelines in construction, such as the NBC and HLURB codes. This translates as an accurate execution of plans and safe construction of a building a project. 

Have you operated with a different company/business name?

During the interview, take note of how the contractor answers this question. If the contractor-operated in different business names there’s a likelihood of unstable management, which entails the possibility of corruption within the company. Ask for references from their previous clients or search online as some contracting companies may have reviews regarding their business from past clients. 

Do you have experience in doing this particular project?

Hire an architect or interior designer after examining their work history, doing so will allow you to gauge their skill and knowledge about their trade.

Getting an experienced contractor can save you time and money, as an experienced contractor is more likely to know the tricks of the trade, minimizing mistakes and punch lists. In addition to accrued knowledge, an experienced contractor has established reputable professionals and skilled workers on his team. 

Can I have a copy of your insurance policy?

Since the warranty of most construction projects lasts after 10 years from the turnover, your contractor should be financially able within that period whenever a problem may arise. For new construction and major renovation, a full coverage insurance plan should be drawn. 

Typically, a builder’s risk policy is covered which is a common insurance policy for construction or renovation works. This can be purchased by either the client or the contractor depending on your agreed building contract. The coverage of the builder’s risk policy includes theft or attempted theft of building materials. 

How do you manage your scheduling?

Being on schedule is an important factor when dealing with construction, and your contractor should be able to have excellent project management skills to prevent project delays. Ask your contractor on how he monitors the progress of the project. Most contractors are well experienced that an abrupt issue at the site can be handled seamlessly. A well-managed contractor should present you with a detailed schedule of the project as well as a contingency plan if anything goes awry. 

Materials and manpower costs can add up as construction time is extended. This is especially true for construction contracts for cost-plus quotations or time-material quotations. For this reason, the prices of materials tend to go up periodically as well as manpower wages. So, it is best to work within the construction timeline and budget. If you see likely delays during the construction you can ask your contractor to draw a fixed price contract instead. 

Takeaway

Choosing the best contractor for your project is choosing a lifelong partner for your company, so you want an honest partner with outstanding work from years of experience in the field. If you are looking for a licensed, experienced, trustworthy and reputable contractor company in the Philippines, the Arreo Contractors Inc. is one of the most trusted construction partners in the Philippines that offers a complete portfolio of the build and design services.

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