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December 23, 2021

What You Need To Know Before Hiring a Commercial General Contractor

Are you looking at tackling a commercial renovation? We’ve compiled a list of things you must consider when looking to hire a commercial contractor.

When to Hire a Commercial Contractor

It is first important to note that a commercial contractor is a general contractor who has decided to specialize in commercial buildings. So when you are trying to find a general contractor for your commercial building project, make sure to find one that specializes in commercial buildings as they will have the specific knowledge and expertise to work on your project.

Commercial contractors will have a network of vendors who also specialize in commercial buildings, which a typical general contractor may not have. This saves you time and money searching for the right vendors which is essential in projects being completed at or under budget.

If you need heart surgery, you want to go to a surgeon that specializes in that part of the body, and the same is true when picking a contractor. It is always best to hire a commercial contractor when you are looking to do any major work or renovations to a commercial building.

Why Hire a Commercial Contractor

A commercial contractor is the perfect person to coordinate an entire commercial building renovation project. They will have the necessary expertise to oversee every aspect of the project including:

  • Working with architects to get the building plans perfect.
  • Ensuring you are following all necessary building codes and are up to date with any certifications or licenses you or anyone working on the project may need.
  • Sourcing the proper commercial vendors to install things like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.
  • Sourcing commercial painters and carpenters to ensure the finishing work is done correctly on the project.

Commercial contractors have the experience to be able to get many jobs done while still keeping your business open and operational, saving you the headache of closing down or relocating while work is being done. This will depend on the extent of your project, but being able to stay open is a huge bonus when doing renovations.

A good contractor also makes sure to keep disturbances to a minimum especially when working on things like plumbing, electrical, ventilation work, or any other task that may require these systems to be shut down temporarily in order to complete the work.

Taking the extra time to find the right contractor for your project will pay dividends in the future in the form of peace of mind that the job is getting done with the highest level of quality.

What Questions to Ask a Commercial Contractor

It can sometimes be difficult to find the right contractor for your project. You want someone who will get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible while also maintaining a high level of quality, and who has the right skill set for your specific project.

Here is a list of 10 questions you should be asking prospective contractors to find out if they are the right fit for you and the work you need done:

  1. How long will this renovation or project take?
  2. What is the payment schedule?
  3. Who will be supervising the worksite?
  4. What safety measures will you have in place?
  5. How many subcontractors do you plan on involving in the project?
  6. Can I see past work and references?
  7. How many years of experience do you have?
  8. Who will be our main point of contact during this process?
  9. Is debris disposal included in your quote?
  10. What kind of guarantees/warranties are available for the work you complete?

This list of questions will give you a good idea if the contractor is the right person for you and whether or not they have the correct skill set for the job you need completed. If you like the answers you hear to these questions, you can have peace of mind knowing you hired the right person for the job.

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Who We Are Located in the Greater Toronto Area, we are a registered Ontario Corporation with a team of highly qualified professionals that posses over 17 years of experience as General Contractors. We provide the highest quality services and solutions for all common areas of multiunit residential and commercial buildings. We also specialize in custom indoor and outdoor renovation services. Our team of professionals are friendly and experienced in project management and guaranteed timely, cost effective and quality work. All of our team members are non-union WSIB insured workers. We only employ experts in the fields to deliver the highest quality of work from start to finish. We are efficient in addressing the specific needs of each job and are eager to share our expert advice. At Desa Contracting Inc., we believe no job is too big or too small. Our Vision Our vision is to deliver top-quality work that consistently meets standards of professionalism, reliability and integrity. We strive to build trusting relationships with our clients based on ethics, honesty and respect. Our Mission By implementing best practices in project management and general contracting, we promise a worry-free turnkey service. In all of our projects, we use the highest quality materials and tools while we strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. We understand that building maintenance and repair can have an impact on our clients, their families, neighbours and pets. In agreement with our clients, we aim to contain noise level and working hours while keeping a safe environment and providing the highest standards of quality. We are 100% committed to all projects and guarantee open communication and involvement at all times.


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KP Construction is a privately held General Contracting and Construction Management firm located in Toronto Ontario. KP has been offering construction and construction management services in Ontario since 2010. Our goals are to offer our clients, dependable, versatile and consistent construction services for their projects. To date we have completed several private and public sector construction projects. Our team offers a wide variety of construction management services including, renovation and new construction for commercial, institutional, residential, retail and industrial facilities.


We offer a range of construction and maintenance services, all designed to help you reach your property's full potential. Whether you're looking for a small tweak, minor repair, or complete overhaul, SmartChoice has you covered.

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