• Joe Street - Street Toyota

    I'm pleased to write a recommendation. In the summer of 2001 we contracted PSB to add five new service bays to our service department. We are very please with the results and with the length of time it took to do the project. We would definitely recommend them and will be considering them again for any future projects.

  • John Reid - Stanfield Printing Co.

    The price was the lowest I received, probably because PSB listened to what I wanted more than other companies. When something wasn't what I expected (and I'm picky), all I did was mention it and it was fixed to my expectation. When we need another building our first call will be PSB. When we overpaid for the project, the gladly wrote us a check of reimbursement.

  • Darryl Baldwin - Panhandle Tire

    I'm happy to recommend Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. I employed Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. to build a new building for my company. I found them to be courteous, prompt, and knowledgeable. The work was done professionally, promptley and at a reasonable price. I wouldn't hesitate to use PSB again.

  • Franklin McCasland - Mountain Road Truck Wash

    They erected our 75' X 100' building in 2001 and we are very pleased with the professional job that PSB has done on our building. I would definately recommend PSB to anyone wanting a great looking building. They care about the job that they are doing for you! The follow and service after the job was complete was excellent.

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Questions To Ask A General Contractor Before Hiring Them

Hiring a general contractor, especially for large, commercial projects, can be the beginning of a great business relationship, or it can be the beginning of a stressful ordeal. You and your contractor will be in constant communication from beginning to end. It is not something to be taken lightly. You want to choose a general contractor with experience and who does quality work in a timely manner.

We recommend weighing your options carefully and taking the time to ask your prospective contractors the right questions.

Here are several questions to ask prospective general contractors for your next commercial job.

History and background of the company

  1. How long have you been in business? This question is essential for knowing how experienced your potential contractor is and how dedicated they are to their job. It also may be a good idea to know how long they have been in the particular area. If they have been in the same city for a long time, they will know how to handle building code issues and inspections and they will have a wide base of quality subcontractors.

  2. What types of projects do you specialize in? This question assures you that the contractor is experienced and knowledgeable in the type of building you need.

  3. Are you licensed? It takes passing written tests and staying up to date on building codes to become a licensed contractor. If they aren’t licensed, don’t hire them.

  4. Do you have general liability insurance? This insurance protects you if something goes wrong at the job site at the fault of the contractor or his subcontractors.

  5. Do you have worker’s compensation insurance? If any of the contractor's employees or subcontractors get hurt on the job, you won’t be liable for their medical bills if this type of insurance is in place.

Cost and billing

  1. May I have an itemized bid? Requesting an itemized bid allows you to see exactly where your money is going and allows you to see what is costing you the most. This will help you decide when to check for alternative options for big ticket items.

  2. Ask if the bid is an estimate or a fixed cost. An estimate gives room for the contractor to add on costs later if they need to and fixed cost is exactly what you will pay. However, a good general contractor would never add costs without you signing off on it.

  3. How do you handle payment? What amount of money do I have to put down? Before signing a contract, make sure you know how much you are required to put down before the project begins. Contractors do need some money in order to begin a project, but it is a good idea to make sure the money you are paying is in alignment with what they are spending.

  4. Will you be hiring subcontractors? It is important to know the other companies that will be working on your project to make sure they, too, are outstanding and reliable. It also helps you see where your money is going.

  5. How do you deal with change orders? When building large scale buildings, some changes are inevitable. You need to know the process your general contractor takes for notifying you of changes and possible charges.

The building process

  1. What is a timeline for the project? You need more than a start date and an end date. You need detailed information about when certain legs of the project will be finished.

  2. How often will someone from your company actually be on the job site? Sometimes general contractors have a foreman instead of the general contractor to handle the day to day operations of your particular job site. If so, ask if you can meet the foreman before hiring the contractor. The more frequently someone from the company is there, the better.

  3. How often will we be in contact during construction? It’s always best to choose a general contractor that encourages open communication and frequent meetings, especially for large jobs. You should feel free to call the contractor at any time during working hours for any concerns you may have.

  4. May I have a list of material suppliers? Having a list of material suppliers is extremely valuable to you. It reveals if you are paying a reasonable price for supplies and it gives you the ability to gauge the quality of the materials.