When it comes to DIY, there are limitations. If you want to extend your business premises or invest in a new build, you are unlikely to be able to undertake the project in-house. As well as the technical challenges, there are also important health and safety issues to consider. Compliance with building regulations is another reason why you should engage a commercial construction company to carry out the work for you.

The South East is a prime area to invest. That is why there are lots of companies in Brighton that offer commercial construction services. Whether you want to add an extension, change a shop front or the layout of a building, or even start afresh, it pays to choose wisely. Delays and botched jobs can be costly and frustrating. Anyone considering a commercial building project should carry out research before a single brick is laid.

Finding the right commercial contractor

Because the building trade is subject to stringent regulations, finding a good commercial contractor is vital. You need to find a construction company that offers not just a competitive and clear pricing structure but is also the best. You may be wondering how you select a commercial contractor that delivers both. Use the advice below to ensure your commercial building project gets off to a flying start:

Trade bodies – Good commercial construction companies belong to trade bodies. Check membership lists with the Federation of Master Builders, the National Federation of Builders and the Guild of Builders and Contractors.

Qualifications – Does the contractor employ people who have the necessary skills and qualifications?

Experience – Has the contractor undertaken similar work in the past?

Insurance – Can the builder show that they have got insurance cover if something goes wrong?

Quotes – Make sure the quote you receive is detailed. Are there any catches?

Sub-contractors – While you may be impressed with the contractor’s response to all of the above, does it use sub-contractors? This is important. How trustworthy and reliable are they?

Commercial construction contracts

Always ask for a contract before agreeing to any work, especially if you are planning a large project. Ask for agreed phases and staged payments to be included in the document. Make sure the contract states that the final payment will only be made following the satisfactory completion of the build.

Other things to consider include:

  • During construction, ask your local authority to get an inspector to check the standard of the work. Does it meet all necessary building regulations?
  • Snag list – before making the final payment, check the finish of the build. Walk through the project with your contractor and point out any problems. Ensure defects are fixed before you make that payment.

A good investment will boost your business in the South East. One of the most economically vibrant regions in the UK, it is a dynamic place to grow your brand. By investing now in an extension or new business premises, you will harness not just the space to build a better business but a valuable asset.

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