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Why Trust Diamond Certified Commerical Contractors Rated Highest in Quality?

When it comes to renovating or remodeling a commercial space, it's important to hire a professional with pertinent experience. You can feel confident choosing a quality commercial contractor listed above because each has been rated Highest in Quality and has earned Diamond Certified. For more information on how best to choose and work with commercial contractors in Santa Cruz County, read the following articles. Photo: Don Hays Builder, Inc. (2014)

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a commercial contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified commercial builder. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated commercial contracting company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

industrial buildings
mixed use buildings
storage facilities
convenience stores
laundromats
marinas
restaurants
shopping centers
schools
warehouses
service industry buildings
modular commercial buildings
small commercial buildings
office buildings
retail buildings
shopping malls
big box stores
medical offices
medical centers / hospitals
multifamily housing
commercial apartment buildings
pubic housing
hotels / motels

commercial HVAC
commercial remodeling
commercial concrete services
commercial flooring installation
commercial masonry
commercial plumbing work
specialty commercial building design
commercial construction budgeting
commercial construction services
commercial construction management
green commercial building construction
commercial carpentry
commercial electrical contractor services
commercial painting services
commercial roofing services
industrial construction management
commercial design and build services
industrial roofing services
commercial plastering services
small commercial building construction
metal commercial building construction
commercial construction estimating
civil construction

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Aptos
Aptos Hills
Ben Lomond
Beulah Park
Bonny Doon
Boulder Creek
Brackney
Brookdale
Camp Evers
Capitola
Chittenden
Corralitos
Davenport
Day Valley
Ellicott
Felton
Forest Park
Forest Springs
Freedom
Glen Arbor
Glenwood
Gordola
Interlaken
La Selva Beach
Larkin Valley
Laurel
Live Oak
Lompico
Majors
Mission Springs
Monte Toyon
Mount Hermon
Olympia
Opal Cliffs
Paradise Park
Pasatiempo
Redwood Grove
Rincon
Rio Del Mar
Riverside Grove
Rob Roy Junction
San Lorenzo Park
Santa Cruz
Scotts Valley
Seabright
Soquel
Swanton
The Willows
Twin Lakes
Watsonville
Wildwood
Zayante

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ASA American Subcontractors Association (http://www.assaonline.com)
BBB Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)

CBIA California Building Industry Association (http://www.cbia.org)
CSLB Contractors State License Board (http://www.cslb.ca.gov)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
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NSCA National Systems Contractors Association (http://www.nsca.org)
NUCA National Utility Contractors Association (http://www.nuca.com)

Know What You Want
Researching and Finding a Santa Cruz County Commercial Contractor

Many factors should be considered before selecting a commercial contractor in Santa Cruz County, including the smaller cities of Brackney, Redwood Grove, Rio Del Mar, Wildwood, Chittenden, and Beulah Park, that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a commercial contractor.

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What is my budget?
  3. What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Alameda commercial contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)
  4. What commercial project am I wanting completed?
  5. What is the time frame for completing the commercial project?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions for a Santa Cruz Commercial Contractor in Person

The next step is to interview commercial contractors in Santa Cruz County, including the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola. Questions you may want to ask include the following.

  1. Do you as a general contractor specialize in the type of work I require? If so, ask the builders to provide some examples of similar work in Santa Cruz County they have completed.
  2. How do you as a commercial general contractor in Santa Cruz County  price building construction?
  3. How many projects that are similar to mine have you completed in the last year?
  4. What will the construction companies' timing be on bidding and completing the commercial construction?
  5. How and when do you as a Santa Cruz County general contractor clean up the construction site?
  6. What professional organizations are you a member of?
  7. How do you perform your work—what time do you start, how will you handle trash and debris, etc.
  8. Does you carry workers' compensation and liability insurance?
  9. What type of warranty do you provide and what are the terms?
  10. Will construction permits be needed? If so, will you be responsible for getting them?
  11. Does your construction firm hire subcontractors or do you have your own employees perform the work?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions for Previous Customers of a Santa Cruz Commercial Contractor

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified commercial contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality contractor work in Santa Cruz County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t locate a Diamond Certified commercial contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your commercial contractor.  Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the commercial contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically request a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. Were you satisfied with the service from the (commercial contractor name)?
    2. What type of commercial project did you hire the general contractor to complete?
    3. Would you recommend this commercial contractor to your family and friends?
    4. Did the general contractor clean up after completing the job?
    5. Did the commercial contractor show up on time?
    6. If you need a commercial contractor in the future, will you consider hiring this general contractor?
    7. Were there any unexpected costs? If so, what?
    8. Did they finish the job on time?
    9. Do you feel like the general contractor charged a fair price for the quality of the work?
    10. Did the contractor seem receptive to your input?
    11. Did the contractor provide answers to questions to your satisfaction?
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  • Review Your Options
    Selecting the Right Santa Cruz County Commercial Contractor for You

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of commercial contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best commercial contractor in Santa Cruz County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    1. Does the general contractor that I have chosen have good references that I have checked?
    2. Is my commercial contractor of choice charging a reasonable price for quality work on my commercial project?
    3. Which general contractors in Santa Cruz County offer the better warranty for the overall cost?
    4. What is my time frame for this commercial project: when do I intend to begin and when do I need to have it finished?
    5. Is my commercial contractor of choice listed in the Better Business Bureau as having complaints filed against him? If so, were they valid complaints that required disciplinary action?
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  • How To Work With
    Getting Ready to Sign a Contract with a Commercial Contractor in Santa Cruz County

    Once you’ve hired a commercial company in Santa Cruz County, including the smaller cities of Davenport, Gordola, La Selva Beach, Live Oak, Lompico, Majors, and Seabright, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor’s qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. Furthermore, you will discuss the budget and design of the project as well as any restrictions and permissions that will be needed. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the design specifications. He will also offer choices in terms of designs and construction. Once the final contract has been drawn, the next step will be applying for permission. Last of all, the construction and financing process will begin.

    Be Contract Specific
    After the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you, the project owner, and the contractor. If any sub-contractors will be involved, they should sign the contract as well. The contract should protect the interests of both you and the contractor. As a result, it should include the following:

    • How “change orders” will be handled. Any changes or additions to the project should be written up in the contract so that the conditions for change are pre-determined. Furthermore, the contract should list how and when payment will be made for adjustments. Because change orders are common aspects of most remodeling jobs, it is common for remodelers to require payment before the work actually begins.
    • Terms of payment schedule as well as the payment schedule for the contractor, subcontractor(s) and suppliers.
    • Detailed materials list: product, size, color, type, model, and brand name. Any additional or alternate materials that may be used if necessary should also be listed.
    • Warranties should be written and the length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
    • Who will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits (this is usually the contractor).
    • A clear, concise, and complete description of the project, including start and completion dates. It should also include who will be responsible for each aspect of the project.
    • Contractor’s name, physical address, mailing address and phone.
    • Quote of the project.
    • Any oral promises that have been made.

    Take Precautions to Protect Yourself
    Taking precautions will help protect you and your commercial project investment. It will also increase your chances of success. Consider the following guidelines:

    • Do not sign a contract that uses vague terms. Make sure that all terms are specific regarding project requirements and the work that will be performed.
    • Don’t agree to finance your project through your contractor. Shop around for better loan terms.
    • Agree to make payments as the project progresses, contingent upon completion of a determined amount of work. This way, if work on the project is postponed, payment will be delayed as well.
    • Do not make final payment until the work completed meets agreed upon specifications, building code requirements, and that subcontractors and suppliers have all been paid.
    • Before deeding your property, be sure to first meet with an attorney or knowledgeable friend or family member.
    • Do not sign a contract or any document until you have thoroughly read through it and filled in any blank spaces.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    Planning to be a First Rate Santa Cruz Commercial Contractor Customer

    It's the commercial contractor’s responsibility to complete a quality commercial building project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your commercial contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Cruz County commercial contractor.

    • Before you hire a commercial contractor in Santa Cruz County, including the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the commercial contractor your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local commercial contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Make sure your commercial contractor has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re completing your design and build project. The work will move along more smoothly if your commercial contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • Communicate clearly and in an upfront manner with the commercial contractor. Let them know what you want from your commercial contractor, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Ask your commercial contractor if you should phone to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • When your commercial contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the commercial contract work on schedule.
    • Pay for the commercial contractor’s work promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Commercial contractors in Santa Cruz County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Examine the Invoice and Completed Santa Cruz County Commercial Contractor Work

When the commercial contract work is completed, your commercial contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the commercial contractor
  • A list of all work performed, including the warranty
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included
  • The total commercial project cost, including the amount charged for labor, if any
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Written Warranties
Get Warranties in Writing from Santa Cruz County Commercial Contractors

Before the commercial contractor leaves, confirm any warranties offered by the commercial contractor and/or manufacturers in Santa Cruz County, including the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola. The written warranty document must detail the following:

  • The commercial contractor’s name and physical address
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem with the building project and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • If the commercial contractor warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner in the event that you sell the building in which the contractor has constructed.
  • The length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests from Commercial Contractors

Commercial contractors in Santa Cruz County, including the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola, provide all types of design and build projects. Following is a list of the most popular commercial projects.

Laundromats
A Laundromat is a laundry facility that is coin-operated. A typical Laundromat features many dryers on one or two walls and rows of washing machines in the center of the room. Individuals without access to a home washing machine, or without access to a machine large enough to accommodate certain items, are able to wash their laundry at a Laundromat facility.

Schools
A school is an educational establishment for the purpose of educating students. Typically a school is a building comprised of several rooms that operate as classrooms for instruction.

Restaurants
A restaurant is an establishment that prepares and serves food and drink to customers. In return, the establishment is paid before or after the meal. Though typically meals are served and eaten on the grounds of the restaurant, many restaurants offer take-out and food delivery services.

Convenience stores

A convenience store is a small shop that stocks a range of everyday items that include groceries, alcohol, soft drinks, toiletries, tobacco products, drinks, magazines, newspapers, etc. They may also offer services such as money orders and wire transfers. Convenience stores are located in a built up area rather than a rural location.

Industrial buildings
An industrial building is a large building typically made out of steel for the purpose of commercial use.

Marinas
A marina is a facility with moorings and supplies for yachts and small boats. Marinas consist of basins or sheltered harbors that are equipped to be used by small watercraft.

Commercial apartment
A commercial apartment is a residential unit in a building that is comprised of five or more residential apartments. The building itself is a commercial apartment building designed for several families.

Storage facilities
A storage facility is a multi-unit storage facility that offers storage space for individuals to rent. Some storage units offer climate controlled storage.

Hotels/Motels
A motel or hotel is designed for motorists and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles. A motel or hotel offers lodging for a limited amount of time as motorists travel away from home.

Medical offices
Medical offices are offices in a building used for medical purposes.

Shopping centers
A shopping center is one or more buildings that form a complex of shops with walkways that interconnect, allowing visitors to easily walk from one store to another.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Commercial Contracting Terms

The following commercial contracting terms and descriptions frequently used during commercial building projects.

big box store construction
These are physically large retail establishments that are often part of a chain.

civil construction
This is anything to do with earth, water or transport infrastructure

commercial apartment buildings
These are residential units in a building that is comprised of five or more residential apartments. The building itself is a commercial apartment building designed for several families.

Also known as: apartment buildings for sale, apartment building financing, apartment building listings, buying apartment buildings, apartments for sale, financing for apartment buildings, commercial apartment loans

commercial carpentry
This is a skilled craftsperson who works with timber to construct, install and maintain commercial buildings.

Also known as: commercial construction, commercial construction companies, commercial contractors, construction commercial

commercial concrete services
This is service provided by a commercial company that includes sitework, flatwork, curb & gutter, paving, foundation, and all phases of structural and architectural concrete.

Also known as: cement contractors, foundation contractors, foundation contractor, cement flooring residential, decorative cement, decorative cement floors

commercialconstruction budgeting
This is a reference to a financial plan that includes a list of all planned expenses and revnue for a commercial construction company.

Also known as: residential construction companies, residential construction loan, residential construction loans

commercialconstruction estimating
This is a reference to expected expenses for a commercial construction project.

Also known as: construction estimating, commercial construction costs, commercial construction estimating software, construction estimating programs, construction estimating software, construction cost estimates, estimating commercial construction costs, commercial construction estimates, construction estimator, online construction estimating, residential construction cost estimator

commercial construction management
This is the people in charge of getting contractors or subcontractors together to accomplish the desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively for a commercial construction project.

Also known as: commercial construction project management, commercial construction companies, construction management jobs, construction management companies, commercial construction software

commercialconstruction services
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial construction companies, commercial construction cost, commercial construction contractors, commercial construction job, commercial construction costs

commercial design and build services
This is a company that provides services for a commercial construction project from the inception of the idea to its completion. A commercial design and build contractor handles the entire project from beginning to end rather than hiring it out to various contractors.

commercialelectrical contractor services
This is an electrician that offers electrical services for a commercial property.

Also known as: electricians, residential electrical service, electrical contractors, commercial electrical services, commercial electricians, commercial electrical contractor, electrician services, commercial electrical contractors

commercial flooring installation
This is a reference to installing flooring in a commercial building.

Also known as: hardwood floor installation, laminate floor installation, commercial flooring contractors, hardwood floor installation video, laminate flooring installation, wood floor installation, commercial flooring, commercial flooring companies, commercial flooring installers, tile flooring installation, commercial flooring tile, carpet installation prices, linoleum flooring

commercial HVAC
This is heating, ventilation and air conditioning for commercial buildings.

Also known as: commercial hvac units, commercial hvac contractors, carrier hvac, commercial hvac jobs, commercial hvac maintenance, hvac contractors, hvac, air conditioning service, hvac companies, hvac repair

commercial masonry
This is the bulding of commercial structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar.

Also known as: commercial masonry contractors, masonry contractors, mason contractors, masonry contractor, mason contractor, concrete block contractors

commercial painting services
This is a reference to contractors to provide painting services for commercial buildings and properties.

Also known as: interior painting services, commercial painting companies, house painting service, commercial paint contractors, commercial painting contractors, painting contractor, commercial painting, painting companies, painting services

commercialplastering services
This is a reference to services provided by contractors for commercial buildings or properties using plaster, a building material used for coating walls and ceilings.

Also known as: stucco contractors, stucco contractor, stucco repairs, stucco companies, plastering companies

commercial plumbing work
This is work done on the system of pipes and drains installed in a commercial building for the distribution of potable drinking water and the removal of waterborne waste. Plumbing work also entails working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures in this system of pipes and drains.

Also known as: commercial plumbing, plumbing service, commercial plumbing services, commercial plumber, commercial plumbers

commercialremodeling
This is the process of improving a commercial building or property.

Also known as: commercial remodeling contractors, remodeling contractors, commercial bathroom remodeling, remodeling ideas, remodeling contractor, home remodeling contractors, remodeling company

commercial roofing services
This is a service provided by contractors who install and repairs roofs on commercial buildings.

Also known as: commercial roofing systems, commercial roofing companies, commercial roofing, commercial roofing contractors, roofing companies, roof repair, roofint materials, roof company, commercial roof maintenance

green commercial building construction
This is a reference to constructing a commercial building using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the life cycle of the building. The construction and life of the building is designed in a way that reduces the overall impact on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using resources such as energy and water and reducing waste and pollution.

industrial construction management
This is the people in charge of getting contractors or subcontractors together to accomplish the desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively for the construction of a industrial company such as a power plant.

industrial roofing services
This is a reference to contractors who install and repairs roofs of industrial buildings.

Also known as: industrial roofing, roofing service, roof company, commercial roofing companies, industrial roofing contractors

medical center construction
This is a medical facility that is smaller than a hospital and generally called a clinic. Medical centers are often run by a government agency for health services or a private partnership of physicians.

medical hospital construction
These are health care institutions that provide patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment.

metal commercial building construction
This is the production of a building that will be used for commercial purposes that is made out of metal.

Also known as: commercial metal building, metal building construction, metal commercial building, pole barns, steel building construction, metal building erection, commercial steel buildings

mixed use building construction
This is a reference to a building that is comprised of multiple distinct commercial functions within a single building.

modularcommercial buildings
These are buildings used for commercial purposes that are portable and cost-effective. Modular buildings are pre-constructed in a factory or other manufacturing site and then transported to the assembly site.

Also known as: modular commercial building, modular office buildings, modular commercial construction, modular building systems, commercial buildings, commercial modular buildings, modular office building, prefab commercial buildings, commercial building plans, modular buildings

multifamily housing construction
This is a complex that is comprised of several individual residential units.

office buildings construction
These are buildings that are comprised of offices. Offices are rooms in which people work for an organization.

Also known as: portable office buildings, modular office buildings, mobile office buildings, office buildings for rent, office building plans

public housing construction
This is housing provided for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and people with disability.

retail building construction
These are buildings used for businesses that sell physical goods or merchandise from a fixed location such as a boutique, department store or kiosk.

Also known as: modular retail buildings, steel buildings, retail building design, prefab retail buildings, steel retails buildings, buildings for sale, retail buildings for sale, general steel buildings, metal buildings, morton buildings

service industry buildings construction
These are buildings that house service industries which are industries that provide services rather than goods. Services include engineering, medicine, banking, communications, etc.

Also known as: metal building, aluminum buildings, Olympia steel buildings, metal buildings construction, building commercial buildings

shopping mall construction
This is a complex of one or more buildings that comprise a variety of shops. These shops have interconnecting walkways that allow visitors to easily walk from unit to unit.

small commercial building construction
This is a reference to the construction of a building that is small in size and will be used for commercial purposes.

Also known as: metal building construction, steel building construction, metal buildings, steel buildings, commercial building contractor, commercial construction companies, steel building, small commercial building plans

small commercial building construction
These are buildings that are small in size and used for commercial purposes.

Also known as: small commercial building plans, lease commercial building, small commercial building, small commercial building designs, commercial buildings, commercial buildings for rent, modular commercial buildings, prefabricated commercial buildings, commercial property management

specialtycommercial building design
This is a reference to the design of a particular type of commercial building such as a retail commercial property or an industrial commercial building.

Also known as: metal building designs, commercial building contractor, custom home designs

sarehouse construction
These are commercial buildings that are used for storage of goods. Warehouses are used by importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, transport businesses, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Commercial Contractors and Commercial Contracting Services

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified commercial contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a commercial contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only commercial contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified commercial contractor.

Q: Do commercial contractors negotiate work?
A: Many commercial contractors negotiate a large percentage of their commercial projects.

Q: How do commercial contractors keep competitive pricing when they negotiate a contract?
A: In order to determine the negotiated price, commercial contractors solicit bids from numerous subcontractors and suppliers to ensure both the best pricing and the highest quality in materials and workmanship.

Q: What is the difference between commercial and residential construction?
A: Commercial construction has stricter building codes regarding fire protection, suppression, and ADA compliance. Commercial construction usually requires the allocation of greater financial and human resource in order to meet critical client deadlines.

Q: What is the best type of contract to use?
A: The most favorable contract is one that both the contractor and the owner of the property agree upon. That might be a fixed price, cost plus, or cost plus with a maximum. What is most important is that the commercial contractor will work to finish the project on time and within budget.

Q: Do I need architectural drawings in order to obtain a proposal?
A: This depends on the scope of work. For minor modifications or upgrades, most commercial contractors can provide an estimate based on a site inspection. However, large jobs do require drawings that detail the scope of work in order to provide a comprehensive proposal.

Q: When is the best time to choose a contractor?
A: The best time to select a contractor is at the beginning of the project. It is important that the contractor is able to participate in discussions in order to ensure clear communication of important information.

Q: What is the best time of year to build?
A: Spring and fall are typically the best times of year to build. The heat of the summer often causes workers to tire more quickly. Winter weather also creates unique challenges to construction teams.

Q: Can a commercial contractor help in the design of a building in order to save money?
A: A commercial contractor can offer suggestions during the design process as well as answer questions regarding feasibility and expenses of certain design elements. But with that said, state law prohibits contractors from acting as designers unless they have a licensed architect on their staff.

Q: If the commercial contractor hires subcontractors, how can I be assured that the subcontractors will produce quality work?
A: Be sure that the commercial contractor whom you hire will make it right if the subcontractor's work does not meet the high standards of you, the customer.

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