Regardless if you are planning to expand your facility, or build an entirely new project, modular constructions are the way to go. They have several advantages over conventional structures, yet to get the best results, the right contractor is crucial. So when you are looking for your contractor, you should ask them the following questions to ensure they are the right fit for your project.
1) What Kind of Experience Do You Have?
This is one of the first questions that you must ask the contractor; this question can tell you a lot about their service. Ask them about their experience, how long they have been in the business, how many modular construction projects they have built, and how they have improved over time. Use this information to decide whether their experience goes well with your expectations.
2) Are You Licensed and Insured?
The next question is to ask them about their builder's license and insurance. If they are not licensed (where required), and not insured, you should move on. Hiring a non-licensed contractor may be illegal, and one who is not insured may cost you a ton of money in case something goes wrong as a result of an accident at the site. The insurance should also extend to their workers to safeguard them, as well as your site, against any accident or damages.
3) What is the Manufacturing Process Like?
Now, you must enquire about the entire manufacturing process of the modular unit. Ask if they are going to manufacture it themselves or outsource it to another factory, and more importantly, ask them about the time-line and materials that will be used. Here, see that they are using eco-friendly materials and procedures for manufacturing the unit.
4) What Happens if I Face Any Issues?
This is where you will learn about the warranty that comes with the modular construction. They must have a streamlined system in place to address any warranty issues further down the line. If you are unable to reach them, then you won't be able to claim the warranty, and in turn, you will have to fix the issue out of your pocket. Hence, the warranty is essential. Ask them about all the clauses and terms regarding the same.
5) How Do You Plan to Handle Any Issues That May Arise?
Modular construction, especially of extensive facilities or workshops, can be cumbersome. Hence, it is natural that the contractor may face some issues during the construction process. Perhaps the ground is soft on one side, or the material used is not right for the environment; despite all precautions, these issues do occur. A good contractor will do everything to avoid such problems in the first place and will have a backup plan in case something does not go according to plan.
You may think asking such questions can turn-off a contracting company, but a good contracting company will gladly answer all your queries to free your doubts. At Northgate Industries, we do just that. So if you are looking for a reputable modular construction company in Edmonton and Calgary, then contact us and ask as many questions as you want now!