There can be some opposing ideas when it comes to working with general contractors that your competition has worked with in the past. While some businesses see it as a positive, others see this move as a bad one; especially depending on the kind of business that you’re in. There are valid points on both sides of the argument that can help you decide the best option for you when sifting through general contractors to work on your project. You might stumble across one that seems perfect but pause for a moment when you realize they have done extensive work with one or more of your direct competitors. Here are just a few of those pros and cons!
They Know What They’re Doing
Every general contractors has different areas of expertise for you to benefit from. Whether it’s factories, retail spaces, offices or a car sales lot, there are similarities in each building that are then built upon with customization. Finding a contractor who is already familiar with your particular industry is helpful since it takes out plenty of the guesswork that can sometimes be associated with starting a new project. A general contractor that has experience building restaurants specifically will work out well for any restaurant that wants to use their services.
The Projects Will Move Quicker
Having this type of previous experience means they will have a much better idea of what is required of them to bring it all together. They would have already dealt with much of the issues that might come from a project like it, making it much easier to move past the issues when they do come up.
It Can Be A Tug Of War
One thing you should rightfully avoid is is the contractor is currently working on a project for your direct competition. This will put them in the tricky spot of prioritizing one over the other on a daily basis depending on what their resources are like and if they have enough to go around. Your project is just as important to you as the other project is to the other building owner, so it can be a bit of a power struggle to get it all done in a timely way. Especially if you came into the picture 2nd, your project will likely be the one that gets even a little neglected if they’re working on both at the same time.
Outcomes Might Be Too Similar
One of the best things about steel buildings is just how unique and versatile they can be depending on your vision. It’s important to consider the possibility that the steel structures might end up being far too similar to each other if you were both presented with similar looking plans. It will be important to look at all of the company’s previous work to see if they look different enough. Once you’re comfortable enough knowing you will get a unique structure out of the entire process, you can proceed with the construction.
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