Thinking of Building in 2017? These Tips Will Put You On The Right Path.
It may be the dead of winter right now on the east coast of the United States, but it’s also still a relatively new year. And that means it’s the perfect time to look at the next 12 months and decide what it is you want to accomplish in 2017.
If you’re thinking of constructing or renovating your commercial space, for example, there are things you should be thinking about right now, while the weather is cold and you likely have a little more free time on your hands.
If you’re in the market, we obviously feel here at Whayland that we can offer you a fantastic service at a hard-to-beat price. But, we also understand that we’re not the only game in town.
So, here are a few suggestions we’ve put together for anyone who is building, or thinking of building, a commercial structure on the Delmarva Peninsula.
- Don’t always take the lowest bid. This one has been written about extensively, but it’s still worth mentioning here. The lowest bid isn’t always the best bid, as it could mean shoddy work, missed deadlines and the cutting of many corners. So be sure to take all things into consideration, not just the bid price.
- Hire your general contractor early on in the process. The earlier you have someone hired and ready to go, the less revisions and change orders you’re going to have to deal with later. Contractors are trained to notice things you are not, including potential problems that can be dealt with during the planning stage.
- Check references online. If you have a general contractor that you’re leaning toward hiring, check them out on the web. With the prevalence of social media, message boards and review sites, you’re going to learn more about your chosen company than you probably even expect or maybe want to. But it always pays to do good research, so commit the time to doing so.
- Consider negotiating. If you have a company that you like, maybe one you’ve worked with before or that a colleague raves about, consider negotiating with them directly rather than putting the job out to bid. Establish a solid working relationship and foster a feeling of togetherness and trust with a company you know does solid work. It could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
- Use a contractor who specializes in what YOU need. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many times we’ve heard of a commercial business hiring a home builder to construct their facility, and vice versa. If you want to build a large commercial space, you should definitely hire a commercial builder. If you want a fancy beach home, hire one of the area’s top home builders. Simply put, don’t hire someone who doesn’t do what YOU need to have done.
Want to learn more about the Whayland Co., and what it is that we do? Please visit us online at www.whayland.com or give us a ring at 302-875-5445. We’ve love to hear from you.