Commercial construction projects are a serious investment of both time and money. While the work will be completed and managed by your contracting teams, it is the landowner and client whose budget is on the line. That is why it is vital for everyone with a commercial construction project in the near future to do careful research, choose cost-effective materials, and work with a dedicated construction team ready to provide efficient and cost-effective construction from start to finish.
Offsetting construction costs is all about planning. You can reduce the total costs of your construction by planning for cost-efficiency, efficient completion of each stage, and avoiding known issues that might inflate your costs. Let’s explore the four fundamental ways to offset the construction costs of your next commercial structure.
Pre-Construction Planning is Key
Pre-construction planning is crucial for saving money during construction projects. Planning allows you to make high-quality, cost-saving decisions and schedule a project that will execute smoothly without delays or costly changes, combined with a qualified team.
Prepare Every Stage of Construction
Transitioning from one stage of construction to the next is often where delays and costs originate. A complete set of contract drawings and specifications, and a carefully planned schedule can enable the coordination of your PME teams with your building envelope and finish teams. When each specialist knows precisely when and where they need to be, mistakes and delays – thus costs – are avoided.
Plan Against Interruption and Delays
Know the common causes of delays and plan against them. Plan for a long stretch of good weather based on your region and seasonal patterns. Ensure the materials for each stage are ordered early enough that there are no delays when your team is ready to build and waiting on a shipment. Ensure you know precisely who will work on each stage so there are no subcontractor hiring delays.
Avoid Last-Minute Changes
With a rock-solid plan checked for contingencies, you can avoid the need for costly last-minute changes. Virtualization can help a property owner view final results to solidify their decisions before the first footing is poured.
Have Costs Laid Out – Get Every Budget Approved
Budget transparency and adherence are essential to a cost-effective construction project. Get precise estimates, know how much your materials will cost, and examine an itemized estimate down to the boxes of nails. Talk to your contractor about reasonable contingency allowances – as no construction project goes 100% to plan – and make sure that any budget changes that happen in the process are approved every time.
Maintain Open Lines of Communication
Miscommunication can be costly, so ensure that you and everyone involved are available on open lines of communication. Keep tabs on the construction project, keep your phone on, and hold regular meetings to discuss on-plan progress or any needed adjustments. This is the best way to ensure every phase is to your satisfaction and that you approve every change that may be made to the budget with informed insight and careful oversight.
Hiring a Dedicate Construction Team From Start to Finish
Subcontractors come with several potential costs, including delays and misunderstandings. The best way to avoid these costs is to work with a dedicated construction team that includes across-the-board specialists for every stage of your commercial construction project.
One Contractor Team, Many Specialists
When one contractor team contains many specialists, you only need your general contractor to complete a project. This allows you to choose a proven and trustworthy general contractor who
can maintain transparency with you from the first pre-construction planning meeting to the finishing touches on your completed building.
No Delays to Coordinate Separate Teams
When you have a team who can handle start-to-finish construction, it is far easier to ensure that every stage of construction occurs in the proper order and without delays. Detailed contract drawings and specifications ensure that your building goes up perfectly, no step will ever have to be redone, and subcontractors will never cause additional delays due to miscommunication between teams.
Request a Meeting with Gateway Building Company For Your Commercial Build Project in Durham, NC
Here at Gateway Building Company, our dedicated team has experience in all facets of construction, including pre-construction planning, construction management, and commercial general contracting services. We know how to work together, execute a plan, and ensure that your budget remains approved and transparent. Contact us for a consultation on your next commercial building project.