Tips for Hiring a Contractor to Renovate your Restaurant

Renovating Your Restaurant

Selection Process

The selection process when choosing a contractor should be fairly extensive. When choosing a contractor, you will want to do your due diligence to get the best team for the job. And while referrals are great, you should still seek out several different companies and do a comparison of costs, timelines, blueprints and previous projects.

Comparing Contactors

Background: before hiring a contractor for any job, you will want to verify their background including their financial stability. There are a couple ways to do this including running a credit report or a financial report through Dunn & Bradstreet. In addition, checking a contractor’s licenses and insurance to make sure they are current is important. If these are not up to date, then you should probably seek someone else to do the job.

Restaurant Renovations

Experience: when hiring a contractor, you want to look at their portfolio to see if they have experience working on projects comparable to yours. You need a contractor with specific knowledge of the restaurant industry and multiple restaurant projects under their belt. This way you know that they will be prepared for whatever comes their way because they’ve had experience building a restaurant before. Restaurants are unique because of the equipment involved including the stoves, dishwashers, ovens, cash registers, etc.

Reputation: while verifying financial stability and reviewing a contractor’s portfolio is great way to get valuable information on the company’s ability to financially back their promises, verifying that the contractor has a positive reputation is also very important. This is not always easy to do but can be done by: interviewing prior clients and reading online reviews. This will give you a good feel for common problems or any areas of concern.

Compiling Estimates

Once you have narrowed down your choices for a general contractor you can compare estimates for the job. Comparing estimates will give you a good idea if the contractor has experience and is quoting fairly and accurately.

Formal Proposals

Once you have reviewed the estimates and narrowed down the contractors, you can request formal proposals, including a phasing plan and timelines. This will further your ability to choose which contractor you feel is right for the job. And throughout the estimate and proposal process you will get a feel for who you are working for. If you have questions along the way you will be able to see how quickly and accurately they are answered. Your large scale project needs to be handled by someone that you can trust and that offers open and honest communication.

“It is all about the people and the relationships. What started off as a business proposition has turned into a very strong friendship.” -Pat McDonnell, Restaurant Holdings Inc. referring to MBM Contracting.

MBM Contracting is the trusted choice for general contracting services for restaurants in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.