When you start planning your commercial building construction project, be prepared for a large scope business! It will take a lot of your time, effort and money to realize this dream for your company. Things you should consider and discuss with your key personnel include the underlying reasons why you’re doing the project – if it suits your company’s needs at that moment, if the extra space is needed for additional storage or your planning to expand the business and if that move will eventually raise your revenue.
Once you’ve have agreed on all aspects of the project and you still want to go through with it, bear in mind it won’t be without a few bumps on the road. Some problems can’t be anticipated in advance or even at the very beginning but there’ll surely be some delay and budget adjustments.
Take a look at the following tips so you might minimize errors and have your commercial construction project run as smooth as possible.
Evaluate your options
Commercial building constructions are large scale projects that require serious commitment from everyone involved, starting with you and including all the people you rely on. Although it’s always an option to hire a project supervisor, you will need to be involved in the decision-making process which means you’ll have to take some time away from your typical daily operations.
You should also be aware of the current trends. Going by what the new master in interior design for commercial spaces at IED Barcelona says, transversal experiences should be incorporated in commercial spaces by giving branding a prominent cross-cutting role within the context.
Another practical move would be getting help from a financial consultant regarding the evaluation of your current situation. Once you have a clear picture of how much of your resources you can allocate, then you can proceed to gather a team of engineers, architects and designers who will offer you several different options to choose from.
Find the best and experienced crew
The key to a successful construction is having the right crew assembled. Many entrepreneurs make a mistake at this point and try to save money in the long run but without the right and experienced professionals at your side, you'll just be losing more money. There are many issues to resolve as you're not building a box and many things need to fit at the same time for everything to work out well.
You need an experienced architect to ensure the new building will be both efficient and functional, with a practical layout and sufficient storage. Most of all, you need a trusted commercial construction company with a solid portfolio of successfully completed past projects, client testimonials, transparent quotes, highly skilled and friendly staff and all the machinery and equipment necessary.
Schedule a meeting with these professionals and discuss in detail the service they can offer and if that would meet your demands and expectations. Make sure everyone is familiar with the budget and the construction time frame so there can be a joint effort to stay within those parameters.
Take care of your construction permits
Once you have your plans drawn and the team gathered, you need to ensure that everything is in order and legal. Getting your building permits early is a smart move because if you start the construction without them, you could have serious problems.
Also, getting the permits might take from one day to several months or even years and the laws vary depending on the area you live in and what you're planning to build. Getting the permits in time would give you the chance to determine a possible start date.
Rethink the level of your engagement
Your final step in the planning process is being realistic about the level of your engagement in the project. It’s not a rare thing to have businesses lose their clients during the building construction project simply because their managers are more involved with the new building construction than with their company’s performance. This can be easily avoided by hiring a project manager but that decision will depend on the scope of the tasks needed.
Once you have completed the planning essentials listed here, six months may have passed since you started making plans and hiring professionals. Although it all seems too long, careful and meticulous planning is imperative if you want to have a successful outcome. Once it all happens, all the money, time and effort you have invested will pay off.