If you look just two years back, you would not have seen so many internet related or design and development company. Now if you try to search for someone who will develop your virtual real-estate… it will overwhelm you.
The sheer number of results you get nowadays when you try to search, the magnitude of the results, the competition and not to mention the sales pitch of all of these “companies”, groups freelancers…is definitely enough to get a veteran client go confused not to mention the abut the not so informed people who just wants a “site” for their business.
A web development company should always ask you, yes…that means they should always ask you about what you need. It might be, that you don’t know what you need technically or even if it is viable enough to do the way you want it but they should always ask.
There are numerous way to attack a situation, to solve a problem. An expert web developer or a company would understand your scenario and they should be able to propose a way out or a solution for you which will be financially viable, technically sound and it will be sound in terms of marketing.
So if you think it this way, then a Web Development Company should be a mixture or a confluence of sound marketing abilities: – so that they can guide you, let your idea flow towards the right direction…that is towards best return on investment and of state of the art modern technical abilities which will be always in tandem with the best new standards: – quite needless to say that without this parameter…they will be quite useless and unfitting to call themselves a web developer.
So in a whole, A web development company should be a whole package, who will be able to guide you through your virtual real-estate development plus who will be able to say, to show you clearly which is a “GO”…and which is simply a “NO-GO” situation and they should provide a workable and more explicitly a profitable way around a “NO-GO” situation.
So you can see that the choice of a developer is not that easy. So how will you find that person or company, who is right for you. I would suggest that you go in-between the lines. You should first make a list of those whose portfolio…or those whose sales copy you liked. Like you have that feeling…that yes these guys might be able to pull this over.
After you create a small list…now contact them…they way or the reply should be enough to make it clear, who are the ones that are eligible for you. A reply directed towards your problem and its solution is what you are trying to find, even if it is from a new developer or group or company. If they are quite clear about the object, and they are clear in their queries about the project, i would say…this is them…and of course then comes the quote and time frame, which is totally negotiable.