If you’re not a contractor and you’ve never worked with a contractor the selection process can be daunting. Learn three key things you should look for when hiring a building contractor. Sean Thouvenot, Vice President of Branco Enterprises also gives you insider insight about how important subcontractors or tradesmen are to keeping your project on track.
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Hi, I'm Sean Thouvenot. I'm Vice President of Branco Enterprises. We're a general contractor, and we're celebrating our 85th year this year.
So when looking for a general contractor, you want to first be comfortable with who you're working with. It needs to be somebody that you can trust. You would probably want somebody that's established, been in business for a while. Having someone that can perform in-house work is usually a plus, because you know that they can control your schedule a little better.
So a builder's advantage on cost control is because with your own forces, you can keep a closer watch on the man hour span. You can keep a closer watch on the materials used. Whereas a subcontractor, you're relying that their price covers all, and sometimes it doesn't.
And with having your own forces, you can react to those better and minimize the cost to the owner for any changes. I would say that the three things to make you, that would help make you comfortable would be trust, a relationship. While you don't always have a relationship with them, building that relationship is huge.
You can tell, pretty much, usually after talking to somebody a couple times whether you feel comfortable with them or not. And then, an established company, because everybody knows that a contractor being established is a huge deal, because there's just so many changes in this industry as far as this person starting a company, and that person starting a company, and this guy going from here to there. So you just have to feel comfortable.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.