10 Questions to Ask Your App Developers Before Making a Decision Part 2

As mentioned in part 1, it can be tough choosing the right developer, the right type of development (outsourcing, hiring an agency, in house), and weeding out the shady developers from the legit ones. Here is the continuation of a few questions to ask your developers that will bring you peace of mind, and help you make the right decision.

There are so many options for who will make your app. Above all you want to choose someone who makes your app better than you imagined, and doesn’t rip you off. One way of finding out more about your Calgary App Developer team is to ask these 10 questions and get them to commit to total transparency. This builds trust and makes your experience a positive one. Here is the continuation of the best questions to ask your potential app devs:

What Features Can You Create?

Your developer may talk the talk but can they actually follow through on what your app will require? To their credit they are creating a fresh idea that hasn’t been done before but if they cannot exhibit some confidence in their development skills, then that should be a big warning sign to you. A popular app will have simple yet innovative features that users will love and if your developer can’t give insight or act on this vision, then they may not be the right choice.

Who Will Own The App?

This is a huge question some people don’t even think of asking. This can be another danger of outsourcing or trusting the “cheapest” developer when it comes to the fine print of their development contract. An important note to add in the contract should be some sort of section outlining that you as the client own absolutely everything during and after completion. If you’re the one paying for the app and it’s your idea, then it just makes sense that you own it.

How Will My App Be Tested?

A good answer would be that it will be used on the phone type in question. For example, if you are making an iPhone app, it would be safe to assume that it should be tested on multiple iPhones to make sure everything is running smoothly. Your Calgary App Developer should be able to walk you through their own process for testing that makes sense and you are comfortable with. The last thing you want is a “finished product” that is full of bugs and glitches.

Who Will Submit My App to the App Stores?

There is a surprising amount of work when it comes to pushing your app to the app store. There can sometimes be a lot of back and forth between the store and your developer as the App Store works to understand and provide feedback before being allowed to the store. It’s important to know who will be the one submitting your app to the app store and if there are any hidden fees associated with it. Which brings us to the next point..

What Are Your Fees and Payment Terms?

You need to have a clear payment schedule mapped out with your potential Calgary App Development team. Are they paid by the hour? By the milestone? A certain percentage up front? You need to know how the payment system works so that there are no surprises. Are there extra fees for app store publishing? Graphic design? Do they charge for meetings? These need to be clearly laid out by your developer. We hear way too many horror stories of developers who had their clients sign papers right off the bat, and then get charged a huge amount of fees they weren’t expecting and couldn’t afford. That is not a good business practice and is extremely unethical. Read anything before you sign it and make sure you have a clear understanding of fees and payments before entering into anything with your potential developer.


The bottom line here is that we want you to make the most informed decision and help narrow down your search to the right fit for you. We are a bit biased as to why an agency is the best decision since they have every person you could need (developers, designers, project managers, etc), are a local team, and have a diverse portfolio making them a great match for any sized app/business, and years of experience that allow them to have the fastest turnaround time. I could go on but if you would like to chat with us about how we can help you out with your app, visit the Contact section of the website. Our team would love to chat about how we can turn your app idea into a reality. We build more than apps, we build businesses!