While basic principles are the same across the spectrum of residential and commercial construction, new builds and remodel projects, commercial jobs might require some additional attention. Remodeling is as exacting a process as building new.
Here are five tips to assure a successful commercial build-out, no matter what the scope of work, the location, the time schedule or the ultimate budget:
- License Check: Qualified commercial construction companies in Albuquerque NM will be happy to show you their license, present you with proof of insurance with adequate coverage for the planned project, and provide you with a list of completed projects and references. There is no substitute for experience and expertise, and there is every reason to establish a “comfort level” between contractor and client at the outset.
- Insist on a Contract: Although it may be tempting to authorize work based on a verbal estimate and a handshake, that is invariably a mistake. For everyone’s protection, insist that all terms and specifications, timelines, products, costs and payment schedules are in writing and that the contract is signed and validated before any materials are ordered or any workers are on site.
- Establish Lines of Communication: There is a difference between meddling and being informed. A client always has the right to know details about scheduling and progress, delays or potential problems, cost increases, upcoming billings and the like. Clients have a corresponding obligation to inform the contractor about potential concerns or disputes, payment problems or other contingencies that might affect the work. Honesty is always the best policy; more disputes are solved through amicable and open communication than by lawyers.
- Establish Benchmarks: Whether a build-out is scheduled to take two months or two years, benchmarks along the way mark important achievements — green tags from building officials, approved draw requests by lenders, certain stages of the job (topping out ceremonies, or the day the water is turned out, for instance) — should be shared and might even be cause for celebration! Keep a detailed daily log — it’s not only prudent to prevent misunderstandings, but can lead to valuable insights and lessons that apply to future projects.
- Get Necessary Permits and Approvals: From the initial plan check and building permit to a final inspection and issuance of a certificate of occupancy, don’t neglect the requirements. In addition, a final owner and tenant walk-through should be made to resolve all discrepancies before final payment and turnover of the keys. Lenders and insurance companies will have their own requirements; the paperwork is as important as the physical work
Although there may be no such thing as a perfect job, the above tips will assure that minor hurdles don’t become major stumbling blocks and that each project is completed to everyone’s satisfaction.
Bear Restoration specializes in handling the complexities of disasters and questions and concerns that come along with it. Our primary focus is on customer satisfaction through efficient, organized and courteous service. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
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