Tips to Get Started with Your Commercial Construction Project
If you are looking to start a commercial construction project in the near future, this article is for you. No matter where you are in the process, there are several tips described below that you will find useful as you venture into your commercial construction journey.
Whether this is your first project or your tenth, it is a good idea to review the basics and remind yourself of the most important factors that can make or break your project. At Norwest Contractors, we have helped clients in the Pacific Northwest design and build exceptional commercial construction spaces. We’re excited to see where your project will take you!
In this article, you will learn:
- 7 tips to help you with your commercial construction project
- Why building a team of experts matters
- How to ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible
- Preparations you can take now to best handle unexpected surprises
7 Crucial Tips for Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Starting something new is always exciting, but can also be overwhelming. The following advice will give you a leg up on any anxiety or stress you may be experiencing. So, let’s dive into the 7 tips you need to launch a successful commercial construction project.
1 – Find the Right Contractor
The success of your commercial construction project starts with the right contractor. It is important to thoroughly vet your potential contractor based on experience, completed project examples, and personability. Experience is crucial, as there are a lot of complex details that need to be worked out for any retail or commercial construction project. Ask to see project examples or visit sites in person that you know your future contractor worked on. Also, don’t forget to take personality and customer service into account. There is a good chance you will work closely with your contractor for several months or seasons. You want to make sure you work with someone you can build a positive relationship with.
2 – Find the Right Location
The perfect location is the next step. Your contractor may be able to help you pin down a specific location, but you should have a general idea of the district or neighborhood. When picking a location for your commercial construction project, it is important to take into consideration factors such as traffic, building size, competition in the area, and other local factors that may impact your building or business plans.
3 – Obtain Necessary Contracts & Permits
Before you start building or remodeling, make sure you have the necessary permits from the city and other applicable entities. Your contractor should be able to lend a hand with obtaining the right permits. Permit requirements vary from city to city, and even for certain districts. Double-check with local authorities in your area to make sure everything is set in place legally before you move forward.
4 – Build a Team
In addition to your contractor, you will likely need other experts to assist you. Consider bringing in designers, architects, engineers, and other professionals that can help ease some of the decision-making and leg work required for commercial construction. Bringing experts onboard prior to obtaining permits or a location may be helpful. That way, you move forward with the team you need already in place and minimize any unpleasant surprises or setbacks. While your general contractor is crucial for the completion of your project, don’t forget to hire a team of subcontractors that are just as experienced and trustworthy.
5 – Have a Timeline
Commercial construction is notorious for delayed timelines. It is important to hold yourself and your team accountable for moving the project along on a schedule as much as possible. Of course, unexpected delays are bound to pop up, but it is important to stick to a general timeline. Communication is key for staying on track. Be sure to ask your contractor how long they think it will take to obtain permits and other necessary contracts. In addition to good communication, you will also need a hefty dose of patience. Waiting for months on end can be difficult, but know that sticking to a timeline and being aware of any possible delays will help you manage your expectations.
6 – Prepare Financially
Financing is one of the most important aspects of your commercial construction project. A budget manager or financial advisor will be particularly helpful. You may also need to obtain a loan or other alternative financing options to complete your project. Your contractor can help you determine how much you can expect to pay by the time the project is done, as well as an amount that will need to be set aside for unexpected expenses.
7 – Have Fun!
Lastly, it is important to remember that commercial construction can be a fun and exciting process. If you find yourself overwhelmed as your project progresses, having the right team will make all of the difference. Keep your goals in mind, focus on the big picture, and keep pushing forward with a positive attitude. Your hard work WILL pay off!
The Norwest Difference
Norwest Contractors is a trusted resource in the Willamette Valley for businesses that want to redesign or build their business from scratch. We are diligent in seeing you through every step of the building process. Our insured commercial construction contractors have years of experience and impeccable attention to detail. All the things you are most worried about when it comes to your build-out will disappear with our team by your side.
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