No single construction project is “simple” or “easy,” and any property owner that chooses to build can find themselves in the midst of a complex and drawn-out project if they don’t plan carefully. If you want to build a commercial building or add onto an existing structure, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that everything goes smoothly. While the success of your commercial construction project hinges largely on the general contractor you hire, you can do the following to help make his or her job just a little bit easier:
Handle the Legalities Before Work Begins
One of the biggest mistakes a commercial property owner can make is to begin work on a structure before they take care of the legalities. Commercial property laws are vastly different than residential ones, and what might be okay for a home might not be for a commercial structure. Research the various building codes in your areas, work with a lawyer who understands commercial laws and pull all of the correct permits ahead of time, that way your construction manager can begin work right away and not have to worry about navigating legal issues.
Clear Your Schedule
Nothing holds up a commercial construction project quite like a property owner who is too busy to answer questions, make decisions or communicate with the project manager. There is no doubting that you’re busy, but if you want your building to be up and functional in a decent amount of time, leave room in your schedule to routinely walk the construction site and meet with the general contractor.
Partake in the Drafting of the Contract
Sure, you can let the contractor draft the final contract without your input, but doing so leaves you vulnerable to hidden clauses. Don’t fall victim to ridiculous stipulations or unrealistic expectations and be present when the contract is drafted. It’s your building at stake, after all, so you should have a say in how it comes to life.
Commercial construction projects can be complex and convoluted, but by taking the above steps before you break ground, you can ensure a (mostly) smooth process.