How to Stay on Top of Your Project

Staying on top of your project is not the easiest task for a working business owner, but it is important and necessary to ensure your project is completed the way you desire. Here are some tips to help you keep up with your project.

Be present in the planning stages.

 The more you are involved in the planning stages of your project, the more informed you will be. You will likely be able to avoid certain issues and come up with cost-effective ideas and strategies.

Hold regular meetings.

Always stay in the loop and up to date on the progress of your project. Have any issues come up? Will the project be complete by the deadline? Are you satisfied with the progress?

Have a contingency plan.

An issue in your project could arise at any given moment. You must be prepared for the unexpected. A construction contingency is an amount of money set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise throughout a project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. Most projects will use a rate of around 5-10% of the total budget for contingencies.




Key Questions to ask a General Contractor

Information is power, and the more you ask the more you know. Here are some key questions to help you chose your General Contractor.

What is your experience with projects of this type?

Hiring an experienced contractor can save you time and money. Experience helps the contractor to anticipate and prevent problems that could arise with the project.

Who will be on the job site throughout the project?

Many contractors work with subcontractors and employees to complete a project. Business owners need to know who will be on the job site and who will be supervising the project.

What is an expected timeline for this project?

It is important to have a clear picture of when the contractor will begin and end work on your project, especially if you have a deadline to meet.

Do you anticipate any challenges regarding this project?

Construction is not always cut and dry. Some challenges may be clear from the beginning or there might be issues you discover along the way. Ask your potential contractor to be up-front about these things from day one. This will help you prepare for any adjustments to the cost and timeline of your project.

We hope this article helps you find the right general contractor for your project.

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Qualities to look for in a General Contractor

When hiring a general contractor there are certain qualities to look for that will help you determine their capability and reliability.

  1. Good Communication 

A good contractor must have excellent communication skills. When discussing projects, the contractor must be able to present ideas logically and answer client questions completely. Good communication leads to better productivity and greater innovation.

  1. Organization

Whether your project is large or small, organization is a key factor in accomplishing your goals. Planning and coordination are critical aspects of any commercial construction project.

  1. Outstanding Client Testimonials

An organized and successful contractor will have an excellent list of client testimonials to show they have a track record of success.

We hope that you find this article to be helpful when it comes to choosing your general contractor.


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Changable Floor Tile: Designer Colors

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Discussion of Early General Contractor Selection Benefits

ABG’s founding Principal Jeff Manning will be speaking about the benefits of Early General Contractor Selection with a Design-Build Cost Plus GMP Delivery Method, and passing out copies of Your Little Black Book of Building Basics. It’s always enjoyable to help others understand a better way to build. This book is free to clients.


ABG Builders Owner Pre-Construction Package

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Please review our Owner Pre-construction Package, detailing process, sample proposals and schedules, tenant improvement specific statutes, insurance and our past project fact sheets.

Thank you for choosing ABG as your Builder.

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Basic Building Bit #4: Existing Conditions in a Building You May Purchase or Lease

Understand if the age your space warrants an Asbestos Abatement or Hazardous Materials study. This should be recognized prior to your lease and during your due diligence. These items have serious heath and cost implications, and authorities with jurisdiction, such as the air quality management agency or building department, will require an abatement survey and removal of their existence prior to issuance of a building permit for your remodel. Discuss asbestos with your real estate broker prior to leasing a space, and certainly discuss it with your general contractor.

Existing conditions pose huge budgetary and schedule issues to a new tenant or building owner. It’s very important that due diligence is conducted to determine what issues need to be addressed.


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