The Key to Finding a Great Senior Living General Contractor

Let’s presume that you have read our article on 2021 Predictions in Senior Living and are on board to transform your senior living ideas into a reality. As exciting as it might be to construct a new senior living development or revitalize your existing senior community to meet the ever-evolving demands, it also requires the right general contractor on your side to make it successful. If you have been seeking one recently, you already know how not all senior living general contractors are created equal.

In order to help you on your quest to partner with a general contracting team that not only meets your expectations but exceeds them, below are some critical qualities to look for before making your final decision.

1. The Right Personality Traits

What does a great senior living general contractor look like on a personal level? They feature and demonstrate signs of curiosity, humility, self-awareness, vision, persistence, leadership, integrity, and optimism. They are innovative, disciplined, focused, flexible, and are able to take calculated risks that benefit the entire team. When you come across someone who has these as primary characteristics, someone who sees challenges as potential, then you can have the peace of mind you are already on the right track in your selection process.

2. Extensive, Successful Experience

Every general contractor needs to start somewhere, but try scoping out someone who has some experience under their belt when it comes to larger projects. You need a professional who knows what they are doing and has done the same or similar project as yours in the past. Don’t be afraid to ask the respected general contracting prospects of their backgrounds, and see if it aligns with your particular goals you are looking to achieve.

3. Quality Driven

Be careful with this one, as just about every general contractor will list that quality is their number one priority. However, seeing how that upholds in each phase of construction might differ. Request that they share stories of the times they went above and beyond the industry standards, and have them talk about their quality control processes. Are they using cutting-edge technology that aligns with their quality values? Overall, the more they can provide you, the more assured you can be that they are indeed a great resource.

4. Strong Communication Skills

You could have the ideal candidate for your senior living project, but if the general contractor lacks in communication skills, then that pretty much throws all their other qualifications and perks out the window. An excellent professional knows that communication is key, and keeping an open dialog with continuous updates to the customer is the sure-fire way to keep operations running smoothly. Your contractor plays a considerable role in the success of your senior living community. You will want a team that desires to be on the same page with you at all times, whether the news is good or bad, and transparent enough to never leave you in the dark.

Complete Your Due Diligence and Never Settle

Chances are there are many general contractor options who would all love to become a part of your project. As great as it may be to know you have options, make sure to do your due diligence and really dive deep into the details of each contractor to understand their background and experiences to see if they are qualified for your project. Even if the general contractor that you have your eye on checks all the professional boxes, don’t forget to see if you both have personalities that can work together in the long run. It is all about partnership and collaboration, and of course, professionalism and passion. When you finally land on the right team that can do it all, then you can be confident that you have selected the best general contractor to bring your ideas to life.

In the meantime, don’t settle for an average general contractor. Your senior living community’s future depends on getting the right general contracting team from the very beginning.

About FaverGray:
When we started FaverGray, we had the vision to build better than ever before. Since day one, we have been committed to serving our clients and building a legacy as the leading general contractor in our core markets.

We are proud to say that 90% of our volume is with repeat clients. That only goes to show that we develop and maintain strong relationships with our various architect teams, engineers, and subcontractors across the board.

Since 2005, FaverGray has completed more than 100 projects on time and within budget, across 15 states for multi-family, student housing, and senior living communities.

FaverGray’s mission is to deliver success by offering creative solutions, providing a fully integrated team from concept to completion, and exceeding client expectations.

Start building your success with FaverGray. Contact us today to discuss your unique project.

Paige Rosenberger
Director of Marketing
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James a. Gray

Gray co-founded FaverGray in 2005 and has more than 45 years of experience in design and construction management in the residential, commercial and industrial market sectors. As CEO, Gray is responsible for leading the development of FaverGray’s short and long term strategy, creating and implementing FaverGray’s vision and mission, maintaining awareness of the competitive market landscape, evaluating expansion opportunities and industry developments, maintaining social awareness and responsibility within FaverGray’s market sectors, assessing and managing corporate risks and management of banking and surety relationships.