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Qualities To Look For In A Contractor

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Here are four things to look for to make sure you hire an experienced contractor that you can trust according to Sean Thouvenot, Vice President of Branco, which is celebrating its 85th year in business. 

Experience

Thouvenot recommends working with someone who’s been in the business and has an established company. “It needs to be someone you trust, someone that has a lot of experience,” he says. “Having someone who can perform in-house work is also a plus because you know they can control your schedule a little better.

Dedicated Workforce

Thouvenot says Branco also has a distinct advantage at controlling costs since the company employs a dedicated workforce of 115 construction professionals in addition to design professionals and numerous subcontractors. “You can keep a closer watch on man hours. You can keep a closer watch on materials used,” he says. “When a company solely relies on subcontractors they’re relying that their price covers all, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

“We truly are builders, not construction brokers,” says Thouvenot. “We don’t blindly hire out everything to subcontractors. We use our own skilled workforce to better serve our clients and better control scheduling and budgets when it works for the betterment of the job as a whole.”

Locally Owned

There’s another advantage to hiring a locally owned, established company: prospective clients that are looking to build can actually speak to people who have worked with that company. A company with the longevity and name recognition of Branco tends to put people at ease. 

Established

“There are just so many changes in this industry,” says Thouvenot. “This person starts a company and that person starts a company and this guy goes from here to there. Being an established contractor is a huge deal. It goes a long way in making people feel comfortable in hiring us. They know we’re not going anywhere.” 

That’s a sentiment that’s echoed throughout the company. 

“My father and his brothers founded and built our company on the belief that their word was their bond. It prospers today because of our strong values and ethics. When we quote a job and promise a completion date, we mean what we say. We never forget that customer satisfaction has built our business," says John E. Branham, CEO

 

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