If you are planning on building or adapting a property for commercial use, then the chances are that you are expecting the project to be quite expensive, and so it is essential that you are pleased with the results once the project is finished. Once you have got architectural designs which you are happy with, and once you have obtained all the necessary planning permissions, it is very important that you choose a commercial construction company that you are happy with, to carry out the work that is required. Many architects will actually be associated with a commercial construction company, or have a few favoured commercial construction companies which they will be able to recommend to you, but if that is not the case, then here are a few tips to help you choose a commercial construction company to help you to complete your project to a satisfactory level.
Shop around to find the best quotes for the work you need doing, but be wary of any quotes which seem a little too good to be true – in the world of building work, anything that seems too good to be true, probably is! When you take into account the cost of sourcing all of the building materials and paying the construction workers a fair wage, the only way to achieve some of the ridiculously low quotes on offer is to cut corners. It is often the case that you will either end up with a substandard piece of work once it is completed, or you will be stuck with lots of hidden surcharges at the end of the construction process. If you are still tempted by a very low quote, try to find any reviews of the company’s work to see whether anyone else has had good or bad experiences with the company. Take careful note of reviews which mention whether the construction company delivered their work on time and on budget.
Once you have got a short list of potential construction companies, begin to discuss your project with them in more depth, and then ask them further questions about the initial quote which they offered to you. Make sure that you ask about any additional costs which you could potential incur. It is not uncommon for large scale building costs to go over budget by 10 per cent, but any more than this is cause for alarm. It may be worthwhile to ask to see the construction company’s previous portfolio of work and to read any testimonials they may have from their previous clients.
It is also important to check whether the owner of the construction company and the foreman of the building crew have adequate knowledge about the local rules and regulations for building commercial properties in the area. It is not unusual for builders to have to deviate slightly from the approved designs, but if builders are forced to make small alterations, it is up to them to ensure that these alterations adhere to all local building rules and regulations.