7 Common Construction Questions Clients Ask
When you are planning a new commercial building or a renovation, it is crucial to ask plenty of questions. Since the commercial contractor will be responsible for the entire project, you not only want to know about their experience but what to expect during the process. To help you get started, here are the top seven questions that clients commonly ask.
What will it cost?
The construction cost will depend on many factors such as geography, square footage, type of building, building and finishing materials, and fixtures, to name a few. However, business owners can expect to pay an average of $125 per square foot to construct a retail building, according to ProEst.
Will I need a building permit?
Most jurisdictions will require a building permit for construction and renovations. Your commercial contractor should be able to let you know which permits that your project will need in your community. Generally, the contractor is responsible for obtaining the necessary permits, and the bid will usually include the cost.
How long will it take?
The length of time to complete your construction project will depend on the scope of the project. Building a new restaurant from the ground-up takes about four months, while a commercial office building could take up to eight months or more. Also, delays in the permitting process can impact construction time. However, advancements in technology and construction methods are significantly shortening build times.
Do we need to close during the renovation?
Renovating a retail store, office building, or other commercial establishment can often be done in stages allowing your business to remain open during the construction process. There may be some minor inconveniences to customers and staff as some areas will be closed off during construction. Also, your contractor may be able to schedule some of the construction work in the evenings and weekends.
Who handles the design?
When you choose a design-build contractor, they will handle the project design either with an in-house architect or an established design partner. It streamlines communication and helps speed up the construction process. You also have the option of using an architect of your choice to work with your general contractor.
How long have you been in business?
Understanding the length of time that a commercial contractor has been in business is an important question to ask. It will help ensure the contractor has the experience in building and managing the type of construction project you are planning to undertake.
Will you be subcontracting any of the work?
While the general contractor may perform some of the construction work, they will also likely use a variety of sub-contractors that have expertise in plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and other specialties that your construction or renovation may require. The general contractor will schedule and supervise the subcontractors while they are working on the building site.