Today, temporary buildings have become an essential building type that industries utilise. From schools to healthcare, temporary and modular building designs provide convenient, faster, and more reliable space solutions that many industries need. In other words, this modern way of construction comes with many advantages.
The healthcare industry has shown how reliable modular construction is during the last two years. Temporary healthcare buildings were able to accommodate hundreds to thousands of patients battling COVID19. Even until now, many healthcare facilities are constructing temporary buildings for their hospital expansion plans.
If you’ve been working on a project that includes a temporary building as a property, you probably have questions about it. And so, you probably are looking for a contractor who can assist and answer all of your queries. Working on big projects requires professional contractors to help you bring your ideas to life. If that’s the case, let’s discuss tips to help you find the best contractor for your project.
1. First, know and understand the specialty of a building contractor.
Many available contractors work on different temporary building types. However, other contractors specialise in specific projects. If you’re working on a hospital expansion plan project, it’s better if you could work with a contractor specialising in the healthcare industry.
Why? First, specific-niche contractors can provide better suggestions on your project’s mishaps. Second, they can provide better materials and designs that work best on your project. In short, working with a contractor that specialises in your industry will benefit your project threefold.
Of course, some contractors provide professional services despite not having an industry niche. But if you want to see how the contractor was able to work on a project similar to yours, this tip can be helpful. You get to save so much time explaining your project details if you were to work with a professional one.
2. Second, check out their past works to get an idea of how they work in real life.
Second, you must review and see your preferred contractor’s real-life works. Now, this is critical since you’re after a temporary building project. It’s not hard to claim to be the best in the industry. What’s hard is to see real-life works that prove your claim.
With that, you must validate that the clients the contractor claim to work with exists. If you can visit the temporary buildings they produced, do so. It would be nice to see in person the quality of their properties and how efficient they are. It’s even better if you could ask the owner about their experience.
If you’re lucky to have a conversation with the owner, ask how the contractor handled their project. Take the time to observe the quality of the building, too. Do the materials used feel premium? Or do their quality not meet the claims they’re claiming? Likely, your answers to these questions will lead you to whether push through with the contractor or not.
3. Review their pricing, and is it justifiable for the quality of their projects?
You probably already know how much the contractor’s rates are even before you consult their previous clients. But, if you already saw one of their projects in real life, can you say that their pricing is reasonable for their quality? If your answer is no, take it as a sign to look for other contractors that will make you say yes.
Just because you’re after a contractor for temporary buildings does not mean you should compromise quality. Most temporary properties should be able to last for decades. If the quality and pricing of what you see in real life do not add up, look for a better one.
4. Make sure their project timeline meets yours.
One challenge of working with a contractor that is too good to be true is their turnaround time. If you find one that has a good reputation, they also likely have many clients waiting for their projects to finish in line. If that’s the case, be sure they can turn over the project within the deadline you require.
There are many reasons why people prefer temporary buildings. Most of the time, they choose it because of time constraints. They need temporary and modular properties to provide solutions to space concerns. If that’s one of the reasons why you’re looking for a contractor, be sure to clarify this point.
5. Lastly, review and digest your work contract before signing the deal.
Before you officially seal the deal and start the project, you must understand every term and condition in the contract. Many deals seem good in communication, but mishaps happen when it comes down to their contract deals. To avoid that, take the time to review the terms and conditions of the contract with your team.
If you see that the points you discussed verbally are not in the contract, clarify it with them immediately. Even if it’s just a simple term or word, raise your concerns before signing the deal. That way, both parties are transparent about their points and get to proceed with the project seamlessly.
Take your time scouting for a contractor—so you get to work with the best for your project.
Hopefully, these five tips will help you look for the best contractor for your temporary building project. As you scout, always take your time in getting to know the contractor before signing a deal. Your temporary building project deserves a contractor who will turn it into a modern permanent-like property. You can find one by taking your time in scouting.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Flex by MTX, a privately owned construction and engineering company that relentlessly champions the use of Modern Methods of Construction for social, economic, and environmental good.