There’s a learning curve to deal with anytime you do something for the first time, and a commercial construction project is no different. To overcome these hurdles, you’ll need to partner with a construction company that will help guide you through the process and show you the ropes.

However, picking the right construction company can be tricky when it’s your first project because you may not know the right questions to ask or what criteria to use. This is a common predicament, so here are three steps you can take to find the right construction company for your first project. 

Look for Budget Expertise 

Setting a realistic budget is one of the first, and most difficult steps to take. With no past experience, it’s hard to know what’s reasonable. This is why you’ll want to look for a company with a track record of creating accurate budgets and sticking to them. Ask about their estimating process and if they have any experience building in your industry. A good construction company should be able to help you budget for your project and be a resource for any questions or concerns you may have. 

Attention to Detail 

As a first timer, it’s natural to make assumptions and not fully communicate your expectations and ideas. This happens all the time, even with clients who have built before, so don’t worry about it. We take the time to ask the right questions so we fully understand what you expect and make sure nothing gets overlooked or falsely assumed.

Go Local

Construction companies from out of town might try to swoop in with a low bid, but they rarely know the local market as well as a local company. Negotiating problems like weather, zoning, and permitting will be different depending on the market you’re building in. At Cowen Construction, we’ve built all over the state of Oklahoma and the surrounding areas. This gives us key insights a large national or out of town company won’t have.