New commercial construction is an exciting endeavor for business owners in Pinehurst. Getting your building up and functioning as quickly as possible is important for your business to begin. The construction process takes time and requires cooperation from all parties to get done quickly with satisfactory results. To produce quality results, it is important to not fall victim to these common mistakes made during the construction process.
Being your own general contractor
Some people may try to talk you out of hiring a professional general contractor, saying that it is unnecessary and you can handle it on your own. Trying to save money by assuming the role of a general contractor without the knowledge, experience, and certification can actually be a very costly mistake. General contractors have the expertise required to get a job done quickly and in the right way. With established relationships with plumbers, electricians, sheetrock installers, concrete finishers, and every other trade in the business, they will be able to find the right person to fit each need of the job and get it done at a lower cost. Knowledge of building codes and requirements is crucial to ensure that your building meets the standards it needs to, and without a licensed general contractor you risk failing to meet certain requirements. To ensure the job is done safely, efficiently, and up to standard, you should always hire a general contractor.
Not having a clear set of plans
When certain expectations are desired and assumed, clear and detailed plans are necessary to produce satisfactory results. You need to have a complete grasp and understanding of what you want your building to be and look like BEFORE you go to a contractor. When you only have a vague idea of what you want, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Detailed plans will ensure that you get what you envisioned, and will keep everyone working toward the same end goal. Presenting clear plans to a contractor will allow them to give you an accurate estimate of cost, and a realistic timeline. You should be sure to go over your plans thoroughly with the contractor that you hire so that you are both on the exact same page, working toward the exact same end goal. Every detail needs to be addressed, and while that may seem tedious and time-consuming, it will actually end up saving time in the long run. It is important to keep in mind that things may not always work out exactly according to plans. Hiccups will arise, and changes may have to be made, so just be sure that you and your contractor are open to discussing anything that may come up and be prepared to make changes if necessary.
Selecting the wrong contractor and company for the job
You need to do your research before just hiring just anyone to take on your commercial construction project. Ask around, read reviews, search them online, visit construction sites and projects, call references, and meet with them. Make sure that you choose someone with commercial experience, and be sure that they are a full-service contractor. Century Construction is a full-service general contractor specializing in commercial construction. Let us help answer any questions you may have, and get you started on the commercial construction you have been dreaming of.