business owners think that they only need the services of a commercial construction
services contractor if they are planning to erect a new building. However, a
general construction contractor can also be invaluable if you are remodeling,
repairing, expanding or renovating an existing structure. In fact, it is always
wise to consult with a construction contractor anytime you need to have work
done on your building.
Whether you are planning a
concrete contractor project or upgrading your parking area, a commercial
construction contractor, can save you some serious headache. They know the
local building codes and regulations. Should a city inspector find that any
aspect of your project, such as the plumbing, wiring or ventilation, violates
local codes, you can be fined and your project delayed. By enlisted the aid of
a general construction contractor, you can be sure that your project will
satisfy all code requirements.
When you hire a general construction contractor, they will typically deal with
the subcontractors for you. You will not have to take the time out of your busy
day to meet with a paving contractor, for example, or determine the best mason
for your project. Your commercial contractor knows the best people for the job,
and they will ensure that each phase proceeds according to schedule. They know
when to schedule the concrete contractor and every other professional who will
work on your project to avoid unnecessary delays.
There are many aspects of construction services with which you may not be
familiar. Before you begin, you will probably need a permit from the city. In
many areas, you must be a licensed plumber or electrician to perform any work
on a commercial structure. You will need to contract with these professionals,
and you may also need to find your own heating and cooling technician, mason,
roofer, glazier and painting contractor.
If you decide to act as your own
you will need to schedule periodic inspections of the work performed. City
inspectors typically need to approve work at intermittent stages. If you are
not aware of exactly when an inspection is due, you run the risk of having to
tear out work that has just been completed and have it redone to code. You
might also find yourself with an idle crew while waiting for an inspector. A building
contractor knows exactly when work must be inspected and when they must arrange
for an inspection to prevent delays.
When you ask a contractor for a bid, you should make sure that the bid covers
the removal of any restricted materials from the site. For example, many older buildings contain
asbestos or lead paint. Removing these products from a building must be
performed in a certain manner to meet federal and environmental regulations. In
addition, these materials must be disposed of in a manner prescribed by law.
You should also ensure that the contractor you hire is fully bonded. Then, if
the contractor or their crew causes any damages, you will not have to cover the
cost of repairs. Since a bonded contractor is also liable for paying any
subcontractors, you are not at risk of liens or lawsuits should the
subcontractors not get paid.