When it comes to your next project, searching for and hiring a firm to design and construct your new facility, addition or renovation project can feel like an overwhelming task. Sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask of prospective design-build general contractors and when to ask them.

The following are some questions you should ask when moving forward with your next project.

Never hesitate to ask a contractor how long they have been in the business and what types of licenses or credentials they may have. Having a business license is not enough and you should want the peace of mind that comes knowing your contractor is qualified to perform both design and construction services.

Next, ask the standard questions of any project — what is the payment schedule, timeline for completion, who is responsible for obtaining permits, and if the contractor carries the proper insurance coverages.

Ask about the job site itself. For instance, how will tools and materials be stored, is a safety plan in place, and what is the working day for your contractor.

And always ask for the best way to get in touch should you have any questions or concerns throughout the project.

The way to have peace of mind throughout your next project is feeling comfortable with your general contractor!