Choosing the best commercial remodeling contractor is a big decision. Unfortunately it isn’t something you can just ask for advice, read a few reviews and be sure of your decision. Each commercial remodeling project can vary widely on scope, budget, quality of work and what your needs are. Some commercial contractors may be excellent at keeping the price down and may come highly recommended but the compromises they make to keep costs low may not be appropriate for your line of business. On the other hand a contractor may be excellent at modern interior design and has created the perfect office for another business, but their particular tastes may not fit your company or the retail space you are trying to create.
Choosing the best commercial remodeling contractor actually starts with you and your team making a few decisions and starting down the road of planning your remodeling project. When you are asking contractors to bid on your project you need to have some preliminary plans in place to give them guidance as they are putting together their bids. Giving multiple contractors the opportunity to bid on your job can help you find not only a great deal, but better see the individual personalities of the contractors and choose the one that best lines up with your vision. The more guidance you can give the different contractors on the initial bid, the more they will be able to propose a project that closely relates to what you want the final product to be, and the more accurate their bids can be. This will also give you the opportunity to be comparing apples to apples as you are looking at the different bids. With more guidance up front, hopefully the contractors will be able to give similar proposals so as you’re comparing them you can make an informed decision based on similar products. For more advice on how to choose a commercial remodeling contractor check out this article about how to choose a commercial contractor.
The first step in clarifying your vision for your remodeling project is to set a budget based on your company’s available capital, and to divide your needs and your wants. In this step it is extremely important to look at the realistic numbers for your budget and be very honest about what you really need. To figure out what you really need in your newly remodeled space, start by taking a look at the core values of your company and make sure your space reflects that. For your company maybe its employee collaboration, or efficiency, or the right great work life balance. In any case, make sure your business culture and company values help define your needs.
Once you’ve got clarity on what you really need in your new space and have a budget set, you can start to prioritize your wants. Sure it would be nice to have reclaimed hardwood floors in your new office, but if you have left over money it may be better spent on window tinting so that your employees can work in comfortable natural light all day and you will have lower energy bills. Prioritizing these upgrades you want in your new space will also help your contractors come with accurate bids. This will also help you compare similarly priced bids based on the number of high priority upgrades they were able to incorporate.
If you need help in this planning phase for your remodeling contract, it may be worth calling in outside help for advice on setting a realistic budget and determining if something is want or a need for your company. Carolina Services Inc. offers commercial planning services to help you get your project started on the right foot. Carolina Services Inc. is a commercial construction and remodeling company with more than 39 years of experience. We have the experience and expertise to help your project stay on time and under budget. For more information, check out our website to learn more about our commercial remodeling services.
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