Five Tips To Get Through Commercial Construction

commercial construction pinehurst, commercial reconstruction pinehurstAt Century Construction in the Pinehurst area, we know full well how stressful the commercial construction process can be. Thus, we are committed to being with you through each step of the construction of your commercial property. Below are six ways you can work with a construction company to allow the process to go more smoothly.

Ask Questions

While the commercial construction contractor you hire is experienced and doesn’t need to ask many questions, you don’t know all the answers. For this reason, it is important to ask questions throughout the process. Asking questions early on can minimize the number of changes and mistakes made throughout the construction process. It will also help you better understand the process in general so you will be more prepared if you ever build again.

Communicate

Right along with asking questions is communication. It is critical that you and your project team are able to clearly communicate ideas back and forth. One of the most effective ways this is often done through a cloud-based construction management software. This software will allow the construction team to effectively communicate everything that is going on with the construction in one place.

Meetings

In the early stages, attend all of the public hearings that involve your projects such as the zoning and planning commissions and city council meetings. During the construction process, you should also try to have a weekly or bi-weekly team meeting. While this is the ideal, it may not always be feasible. Thus, if you are unable to do this you should still have a routinely scheduled conference call. This call should include key people like the owner, construction manager, architect, and subcontractors.

Scheduling

You should establish a reasonable target for completion prior to beginning the construction process. Having this goal in your mind will lead your project team to work faster towards it. You should also work with your contractor to create a tentative schedule mapping out each step of the process. While everything never works completely according to plan, a clear schedule will help minimize your stress throughout the process and put an end date in your sights.  

Prepare For The Unknown

You should always be prepared for unexpected news during construction. It simply just isn’t possible to be prepared for every contingency. For example, a common problem that people encounter when renovating a building is that the existing building plans or not clear or no record can be found of them. Another issue that no one has any control over is the weather. Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can and do disrupt the construction process from time to time.

All in all, the commercial construction process can be stressful and challenging, but it usually sticks pretty close to the plan. Most of the worries associated with commercial construction can be dealt with by communicating clearly, establishing a schedule, and being prepared for the unknown. For any commercial construction needs, you may have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Century Construction in Pinehurst.

6 Tips for a Successful Business Remodel

business remodelMaking the decision to remodel your business can be both exciting and horrifying all at once! It is a major investment that could cause a few hiccups in the short term, but really pay off down the road. However, it is important to make good decisions along the way.

Just like building a house, it is important to acknowledge your expectations and understand what it will take to make those expectations a reality. Spend some time thinking about areas where you might be willing to sacrifice a top-of-the-line finish in return for an upgrade elsewhere. Also, think about how to use the remodel to make your business more efficient, and your customers and employees happier and more comfortable in the environment around them. Also, consider the time of year you’re hoping to make the remodel. After all, some months in Pinehurst are hotter than others – some are wet, some dry. While we can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, we can try to beat her at her own game!

Okay, so we already laid out a few tips for remodeling success above. Now, let’s dive a little deeper.

  • Contain the construction areas

If you are going to be open for business during the remodel, it is a good idea to have the area being worked on contained if it is within sight of the general public. While not always necessary, Century Construction can rather easily create barriers to keep dust and debris out of customer service areas, or even offices where computers and electronics may still be in use. Containment may also be a good idea to keep customers and others out of areas that are under construction.

  • Remodel after hours

Right off the bat, it’s pretty likely you are going to pay more to have a crew working after hours. However, choosing this route can help keep your customers happier during normal business hours, especially if you run a business where it is important to have less chaos and noise. Having work done after-hours also allows the crew to work a bit more efficiently and freely than they can during business hours, meaning the project could potentially get done sooner.

  • Do your research

Any time you’re doing any kind of construction project, it is likely permits are going to be involved. While Century Construction can handle a lot of this for you, it might help for you to do a little research on necessary permits so you understand what all the paperwork coming your way means, and why there might be a slight delay from time to time waiting for a certain permit, inspection, etc.

  • Stay organized

Before a single tool is lifted, be sure you have a plan to keep your business organized during the process. That means putting important documents in a secure area, having a workflow in place for whatever new work may come in during the project, and even having traffic flow planned out for your employees and customers.

  • Be a good neighbor

We cannot emphasize the importance of being a good neighbor! If you’re in an office building, strip mall, or other location where you have adjoining neighbors, please be courteous and let them know before the project gets started. Century Construction crews work very hard to keep works areas as clean as possible, and vehicles, tools, and other items out of the way – but there is still going to be a pretty obvious buzz of activity at your business that may inadvertently affect those around you.

The last tip we have for you: don’t stress, and communicate! We will be communicating with you constantly throughout the project so hopefully, you never feel in the dark. However, if you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to speak up. Communication between you and your contractor, you and your staff, and the contractor and their crew are all vitally important to pulling off a successful remodel.

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