Bear Restoration https://www.bearrestoration.com Albuquerque Construction and Disaster Restoration Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:59:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://www.bearrestoration.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cropped-BEAR_character_icon_web-32x32.jpg Bear Restoration https://www.bearrestoration.com 32 32 Water Mitigation in Albuquerque, NM – Review by Lindsey Hall https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/11/26/water-mitigation-in-albuquerque-nm-review-by-lindsey-hall/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:58:44 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=391 The mitigation in my home started today, and I just wanted you all to know how impressed I am with this company. Veronica has been so helpful getting everything set up for me. Cary did a thorough job when he came to my home, and left me feeling good about my choice to go with […]

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The mitigation in my home started today, and I just wanted you all to know how impressed I am with this company. Veronica has been so helpful getting everything set up for me. Cary did a thorough job when he came to my home, and left me feeling good about my choice to go with Bear. Joe has returned my calls promptly and has made me feel so at ease with this process and is so nice. Today Ronnie came out to start tearing things down. He was on time and very polite. He treated my property respectfully and did not leave a SPECK of debris. Not a SPECK!!! Thank you so much for all of your work so far. This is a daunting process, and you all have made everything so painless for me. I admire the work that you do, and can’t thank you enough! — Lindsey Hall

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10 Commercial Construction Tips for Office Planning and Layout https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/10/15/10-commercial-construction-tips-for-office-planning-and-layout/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:45:41 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=365 If you’re planning to move into a new office or remodel existing space, you probably already realize there are many important decisions to make before the first wall is built. The process, while it can be stressful, should also give you an opportunity to think logically about your essential needs. Whether an office layout will […]

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If you’re planning to move into a new office or remodel existing space, you probably already realize there are many important decisions to make before the first wall is built.

The process, while it can be stressful, should also give you an opportunity to think logically about your essential needs. Whether an office layout will serve a single person or must cater to the needs and demands of a score of individuals, primary considerations are much the same.

Here are 10 tips to help you plan for a space that will serve you well now and in the future:

  1. Plan for Growth: The best office plan leaves room for future growth. Consider your current needs, but also make decisions based on your lease term and long-term goals for business development.
  2. Build in Flexibility: Traditional walls and cubicles are only one aspect of a great office. Consider the need for collaborative space, meeting rooms, an employee workout room, private “think space,” a client reception area or a mini-kitchen. The answer might be movable partitions or leaving some space unfinished.
  3. Assure Adequate Technology: The growth of digital technology has added the need for advanced wiring and wireless capability. Rapid changes new planning for future developments.
  4. Consider Creature Comforts: There is no dispute that employee engagement and loyalty result, at least in part, from a pleasant work environment. Lighting (including natural light from windows), wall color, artwork, climate control, greenery, and outdoor views, and secure outdoor access are essential. Don’t neglect the decor of your new office space.
  5. Be Aware of Codes: Every commercial office space has specific stipulations for health and safety: Lighted exit signs, accessible restrooms, fire sprinkler systems, adequate ventilation and a myriad of other code requirements that your contractor will be aware of. They are necessary and non-negotiable!
  6. Allow for Creative Personalization: While not all employees will want a stand-up desk, a dartboard on the wall, or a fully-stocked snack bar, a growing desire for individualized personal space is worth note. Beyond basic functional needs, try to allow some leeway for employee creativity.
  7. Make the Space Attractive: Commercial remodeling can be every bit as innovative and original as building a home. There is no reason why an office shouldn’t stimulate the mind as well as provide efficient workspace. Choose materials that are not only durable and cost-effective, but that will add to the visual appeal of your new office.
  8. Make it Healthy: Sustainability and green building techniques are the basis for buildings and office spaces of the future. With a focus on light, temperature control and natural, non-polluting materials, good offices produce benefits regarding productivity and employee satisfaction, as well as physical safety and well being.
  9. Develop a Realistic Budget: There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, and the cost is always a factor. No matter what your budget, seek lasting value as you design your space and select materials. Remember that cheap is not still the best choice; weigh the financial pros and cons of every decision.
  10. Work With a Professional Contractor: There are a lot of construction companies in Albuquerque NM, but not all are equally suited to complete tenant improvement projects. Interview contractors, check licenses and references, visit completed projects, and develop a rapport with the company before signing a contract.

We can help you design the perfect office space. Contact us at 505-888-1164 for a complimentary consultation!

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The Four Phases of Commercial Construction https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/10/01/the-four-phases-of-commercial-construction/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:28:09 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=361 Freestanding buildings and interior finish-outs actually have a lot in common. New construction and commercial remodeling are two sides of the same coin. Although they may vary widely in complexity and cost, all building projects consist primarily of only four phases. Understanding how those four phases result in a finished product, whether an office finish-out, […]

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Freestanding buildings and interior finish-outs actually have a lot in common. New construction and commercial remodeling are two sides of the same coin. Although they may vary widely in complexity and cost, all building projects consist primarily of only four phases.

Understanding how those four phases result in a finished product, whether an office finish-out, a new building or an extensive renovation, is essential. Neglect of any single area can put the entire outcome in jeopardy. Ideally, each phase leads seamlessly to the next, allowing smooth and smooth transition from start to finish.

  1. Plans and Permits
    Arguably the most essential aspect of any construction project is planning. It is during this phase that the foundation is laid for the finished building or tenant improvement. By spending ample time and energy to get the plans and blueprints right, it’s possible to shorten actual construction and assure that the final result is exactly what the client envisioned.
    It is always easier to make changes on paper than in the field. Also, municipal regulations and code requirements require that actual construction is by the permitted plans. It pays to spend the necessary “up front” time to get those plans right.
  2. Specifications and Timeline
    The second area of concern is the selection of materials and project timing. As in any other endeavor, the total cost is predicated on what goes into the building or space, how much labor is involved, and how long it takes. Again, by paying attention to cost-effective, durable, readily available materials, code-compliant specifications, and the development of a timeline that allows for weather and unanticipated delays, you and your contractor will have realistic expectations throughout construction, whether its duration is two months or two years.
  3. Estimates and Contracts
    Before actual construction begins, you will want cost estimates and bids that not only describe in detail the work to be performed but a list of materials and specifications, in addition to a contract that details the agreement between the client and owner, contractor and subcontractors.
    Depending on the nature of the project, and whether you work with a design-builder or a designer/architect and then submit plans for competitive bidding, a final step is a binding contract that addresses not only the work and the cost but also payment and potential dispute resolution. Reputable construction companies in Albuquerque NM are licensed and insured and will be more than willing to explain in full all contract provisions.
  4. Actual Construction
    The fourth and final phase, actual construction, should seem relatively easy after the prep work that leads up to it. It is also the most exciting phase of any building project, and you can expect to see steady progress each day or week during the timeline.

By working with a professional commercial construction company, your remodel, or tenant improvement project will be the time for you to relax just a little bit and get on with the business of planning your move-in. The excitement stems from looking forward to the future in a space that fulfills your every need.

Contact us at 505-888-1164 to set up a complimentary consultation. We’ll be happy to work through the process with you.

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How to Design Commercial Construction Blueprints https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/08/28/how-to-design-commercial-construction-blueprints/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:21:12 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=351 Making a tenant improvement to commercial space or planning to renovate a retail store or small restaurant can be time-consuming and confusing if you don’t have a professional construction company “in your corner” to navigate the path through blueprints, plan approvals and municipal inspections. By working with a construction firm that specializes in commercial remodeling, […]

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Making a tenant improvement to commercial space or planning to renovate a retail store or small restaurant can be time-consuming and confusing if you don’t have a professional construction company “in your corner” to navigate the path through blueprints, plan approvals and municipal inspections.

By working with a construction firm that specializes in commercial remodeling, you will protect yourself from future liability, and assure that red tape and unnecessary delays will be avoided. Always confirm that the company has a state-issued construction license, ask for a valid certificate of insurance, and either check references or ask to see examples of completed work.

Determine Your Needs
The best advice is to consult with a professional remodeler early in the process. Interview several to gain a comfort level. Even if your plan is just to modernize the space or make non-structural cosmetic improvements, you will make better use of your funds by working with a general contractor who assumes responsibility for completion of the total project. The construction company will develop a reasonable schedule and coordinate the work of various necessary tradespeople.

Blueprints, or at least a general plan, are almost always required, and a contractor will usually be able to prepare those as well. If detailed blueprints are unnecessary, your contractor will submit a scaled drawing to obtain a permit, along with the scope of work and material specifications. In New Mexico, plumbing and electrical modifications are permitted separately, inspected and approved, and your contractor will oversee those requirements as well.

References and Contracts
By interviewing several construction companies in Albuquerque NM, you will gain an understanding of the job’s complexity. Ask detailed questions and only sign a contract after you have received acceptable answers and developed a rapport. During the course of construction, maintain open communication to be assured that potential problems are handled quickly and to your satisfaction.

Reputable construction firms may require a reasonable down payment, but you should never agree to the full amount in advance. Always review a proposed contract before signing, and never authorize work to begin without a binding agreement. Review the preliminary plan, specifications, cost estimates, contract amount and schedule to eliminate surprises.

Finally, never authorize a final payment before final inspection, issuance of a certificate of occupancy, and completion of any required punch work.

Contact us to set up a consultation. We are more than happy to walk you through the process!

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Commercial Space: Renting versus Buying https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/07/21/commercial-space-renting-versus-buying/ Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:29:36 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=338 Businesses large and small routinely face the decision-making dilemma associated with choosing commercial space. Buy or Rent is not a quandary faced only by startups and young companies. Unfortunately, the decision-making never really becomes simple but is instead based on the best assessment of the current financial position and future projections. The only “best advice” […]

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Businesses large and small routinely face the decision-making dilemma associated with choosing commercial space. Buy or Rent is not a quandary faced only by startups and young companies.

Unfortunately, the decision-making never really becomes simple but is instead based on the best assessment of the current financial position and future projections. The only “best advice” is to assemble all the numbers and weigh your options carefully before committing to any one course of action.

Gather the Facts and Numbers
Enlist your accountant, and/or a tax attorney and legal adviser, and delve into the details of your current assets and liabilities, cash flow position, sales and income history and future projections, current expenditures, your existing lease terms if you’re renting, the commercial real estate market in your area, and any other variables that apply

There are, of course, pros and cons on both sides.

Signing a lease means that you know for the foreseeable future (the term of the lease, and sometimes beyond) what your monthly fixed costs will be. That can be a comforting reality for a company.

The benefits of buying, however, revolve around equity-building and future return on investment. If you have the cash and the credit standing, buying can be a way to a secure future for a company, just as it is for individuals.

Another option is to buy land, and plan — now or in the future — to construct an office or commercial facility. The time, logistics and planning involved in a commercial construction project can, however, be daunting.

Remember: Change Takes Time
But the reality is that, no matter what your decision, no change can happen instantaneously. If you’re currently renting, the time left on your lease can be time well spent. Tenant improvement needs are frequently a part of a move to newly leased space, just as any building you consider purchasing might require commercial remodeling services.

If you’re currently bursting at the seams and beginning to explore options, why not also consult with construction companies in Albuquerque NM that are equipped to help you design and develop new space that will be more suitable.

Whether you ultimately decide to buy, build new or lease, we will be happy to offer you pertinent advice about construction and renovation options. Why not add us to your list of trusted advisers if you need tenant build-out and improvement services? Contact us for more information!

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How to Determine a Tenant Build-out Allowance https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/06/28/how-to-determine-a-tenant-build-out-allowance/ Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:11:22 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=329 Commercial space negotiations frequently involve discussions that relate to finishing newly-constructed shells or remodeling existing interior space. Typically, some tenant improvement costs will be borne by the building owner, particularly in a new building, while other individualized options are considered part of the cost of leasing and fall under tenant responsibility. It becomes a factor […]

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Commercial space negotiations frequently involve discussions that relate to finishing newly-constructed shells or remodeling existing interior space. Typically, some tenant improvement costs will be borne by the building owner, particularly in a new building, while other individualized options are considered part of the cost of leasing and fall under tenant responsibility.

It becomes a factor in determining whether a particular lease space is an affordable option or not. For the most part, tenant finish-out are always subject to negotiation and discussion.

Be Aware of Options
Costs of commercial construction and commercial remodeling, however, vary greatly based on building type, location, and local code requirements. While most building owners are open to paying part of the expense in order to secure long-term, some requests — particularly those for specialty finishes, adjustment of interior spaces to conform to individual business needs, and even wiring for high-tech needs, are deemed a legitimate tenant responsibility even if the building manager or owner often retains the right to approve plans and specifications.

In the case of new building shell, the first tenant sometimes receives a basic finish-out allowance for such things as paint finishes, decorative lighting, flooring, window coverings and perhaps even interior room configuration. The ability to move into a newly-finished building that meets your needs and reflects your style preferences can be a major incentive to lease.

Monitor the Costs
In the case of necessary renovations to existing space, the most common practice is for owner and tenant to agree on a per square foot price. The disadvantage is that such an agreement is typically for reimbursement of actual expenses, meaning that a tenant will have to spend company funds prior to move-in and then wait for payment after submitting a detailed invoice for the work.

By working with one of the most reputable and efficient construction companies in Albuquerque NM, a firm that specializes in tenant build-out and improvement services, tenants will have the advantage of pertinent advice and professional service. Construction is a specialized undertaking, and we can help make it easier. In some cases, we can structure a contract so that you do not have to use your own funds and await reimbursement.

Give us a call, 505-888-1164, and let’s discuss your upcoming project?

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What to Look for when Hiring a Commercial Contractor https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/05/24/what-to-look-fo-when-hiring-a-commercial-contractor/ Thu, 24 May 2018 19:08:49 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=322 Although most homeowners are familiar with the hiring process for construction contractors, few people have had a need for commercial general contractors. Should the situation arise that a commercial contractor is needed, there are a few nuances to consider concerning building or improving a commercial building which may be different than hiring a residential contractor for […]

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Although most homeowners are familiar with the hiring process for construction contractors, few people have had a need for commercial general contractors. Should the situation arise that a commercial contractor is needed, there are a few nuances to consider concerning building or improving a commercial building which may be different than hiring a residential contractor for home repairs.

The Interview: Explaining Expectations and Accepting a Bid

Much like hiring a residential builder, finding a commercial contractor begins with an interview. The contractor has the opportunity to present their work history with pictures along with references to confirm the work they conducted, and place a bid for the job. The bid should include detailed instructions of how change orders will be conducted and paid for. Further, this is the opportunity for the contractor to show proof they have enough insurance and the proper license to conduct the job.

Just like with a residential contractor, it is important after the initial interview to confirm the previous work commercial contractors claim. If possible, a scheduled tour of their previous work is ideal to assure the quality is up to expectation. Additionally, previous clients who hired the contractor should be interviewed to assure the contractor was professional and remained on schedule throughout the project.

Hiring construction companies in Albuquerque, NM doesn’t have to be a difficult project. The person hiring needs to use appropriate diligence to assure they hire someone they’ll be able to work with for the next few months, who can conduct the job properly and on time. The building will be in use for years to come sop it only makes sense to follow the proper steps now rather than have problems later.

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.

Contact us for a for more information or a complimentary estimate.

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Five Tips for a Successful Commercial Build-out https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/05/24/five-tips-for-a-successful-commercial-build-out/ Thu, 24 May 2018 18:57:39 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=316 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 […]

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Contact us for a for more information or a complimentary estimate.

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Bear Restoration Launches New Website https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/04/23/bear-restoration-launches-new-website/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:09:56 +0000 http://www.bearrestoration.com/?p=306 Welcome to the new Bear Restoration website! It’s been a long time coming and we are excited to unveil to you our newly designed website.  Savvy Outsourcing has been working hard over the past several months to update our site design and expand the information and tools available to you.  The Bear Restoration website was […]

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Welcome to the new Bear Restoration website! It’s been a long time coming and we are excited to unveil to you our newly designed website.  Savvy Outsourcing has been working hard over the past several months to update our site design and expand the information and tools available to you.  The Bear Restoration website was created with you in mind to create a user-friendly experience that will provide you with the resources and the information you need.  

We’ve expanded our website to include current services as well as up-to-date news regarding Bear Restoration right at your fingertips. We’ll be releasing new information and company news as it becomes available.

Additional expansion of the website includes:

  • New responsive design that will work on your tablet and smartphone
  • FAQ’s
  • Commercial
    • Tenant Build-Outs
    • Commercial Remodeling & Renovation
  • About
  • Our Team
  • Testimonials

Our hope at Bear Restoration is that this website will be a useful tool for gathering the information you need.  Whether this is your first encounter with our company or you’re a frequent customer.

We hope that you enjoy browsing through our new site!  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have and let us know how we can help you meet your needs.

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John and Dona Momchin https://www.bearrestoration.com/2018/03/03/john-and-dona-momchin/ Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:09:30 +0000 http://nasr.temp.domains/~restbearjeff1/?p=197 “It is really good to know that there are professionals available to meet and surpass renovation requirements”

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“It is really good to know that there are professionals available to meet and surpass renovation requirements”

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