You’ve read in these pages about our extensive experience in a variety of industries, including government entities, public organizations, and a variety of commercial businesses. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to work efficiently and effectively on any type of project, and we enjoy working with all types of agencies and organizations.
One kind of construction project, however, is especially close to our hearts: The building of churches. Macon has a long and deep-rooted religious history, and those traditions and ties continue today. We take special pleasure in working closely with Macon’s spiritual leaders to help them create the facilities they need to worship and serve the community.
Unfortunately, few churches have leadership with expertise in construction. When a church congregation decides it’s time to renovate their building (or build an entirely new one), it falls on the shoulders of a representative or a small committee of representatives to interview contractors, evaluate bids, and make critical decisions. It can be an overwhelming process, and we understand that. We have worked with enough churches to know the challenges likely to arise. We use our experience to guide our clients through those challenges to build the facility they’ve dreamed of.
Are you a church representative tasked with hiring a contractor? The following recommendations can help ensure you project is a successful one:
- Choose a contractor who is bonded. What this means is the contractor has a contract with a bonding company, which guarantees that if anything happens during the building process (the contractor is unable to continue work for any reason), the bonding company will step in and protect you, the client, to ensure your work is finished. Stafford is a fully bonded company.
- Make sure your contractor has had experience working closely with churches. There are special challenges and circumstances specific to churches, and if your contractor doesn’t have that experience, you may end up being his guinea pig!
- After taking the time to speak with all the interested parties within the church community, designate a liaison to work with the contractor. This is much more effective than designating a group of people. By choosing a single person to make or at least convey all decisions about the project, communication is clear, processes are established for approvals and changes, and delays caused by internal debates are avoided. Just as a religious community designates certain members for certain tasks such as deacons or ministers to specific groups, we highly recommend that you designated a member of your church to work one-on-one with your contractor for the smoothest experience.
- Look for a contractor who shares your values: An honest, caring professional who will take the time to walk you through pre-construction, explain with patience and detail what the process will entail, and who listens to your concerns.
Members of the Stafford team are also members at several of our local churches, and we have a deep connection with our spiritual community. We understand the needs of a congregation and take care to be trusted servants. If you are a church member tasked with interviewing contractors, we would love to speak with you.