How Superior Commercial Construction Projects Start With Superior Relationships
At Baratto Brothers Construction, we’ve been around the construction industry long enough to know that superior construction doesn’t happen by accident. It happens as a result of a superior client/contractor relationship. We’ve been fortunate to cultivate some lifelong construction partnerships with our clients over the years and we’ve got some thoughts on why relationships like these matter.
- Advice you can trust. When you have trust built between you and your commercial contractor, everything runs more smoothly. Communication is key. Not only do open lines of communication benefit you throughout the entire project, but you can also trust the advice you receive from the start. Your commercial contractor has years of experience not only in construction, but with many other aspects of the project you may not have considered. They have a big picture view of what your project may entail, which is why having a great relationship with your contractor is extremely important. It can save you more than just money; your relationship can save a lifetime of headaches from ever developing.
- Location help. If you’re starting your commercial project from the ground up, finding the right location can be crucial. You wouldn’t want to buy land, only to find out it can’t be used for its intended purpose. Your contractor should be able to offer you some very specific tips, as well as being willing to view land with you before you buy. They may see potential problems with the land, or give you the go-ahead to set your mind at ease.
- Finding the right subcontractors. A commercial contractor who’s been in business for a while will have a good knowledge base of the subcontractors in and around the area who will get the job done right the first time. Often times, when an initial low bid comes in, it can look very enticing; especially when you’re trying to keep things lean. Unfortunately, a low-ball initial bid can come with sub-par work, which ends up costing more in the end. By having a contractor on your side who’s got your back, relying on their advice for subcontractor hires can save you a ton of time and money. Not only will they know which subcontractors to use (and those to possibly avoid), they’ll also know which ones are best suited for your project, too, based on the expectations you set together.
- Better expectations. Having great communication with a commercial contractor you trust sets the entire project up with better expectations. In this way, clients and contractors work together to determine the most important parts of the process. By doing so, everyone will be on the same page for identifying where (and how much) money should be allocated. This could be determined in a number of ways, but as an example, you wouldn’t treat a restaurant the same way you’d treat a retail store. A store may require more money allocated into lighting, where a restaurant may be finishing ambiance and HVAC equipment. In the end, with better expectations all around, your contractor can deliver the superior results you’re looking for.
- Identifying potential savings. Saving money, especially in the building process, is always a welcome relief. When you’re working with a commercial contractor who has a good pulse on the project, they’ll be able to see ways you can save on your project, and still get the results you want. Some of this has to do with having clearer expectations of the project’s most important aspects, but it’s much more than that. As we stated earlier, your contractor will have contacts within the industry, whether they’re subcontractors, mortgage lenders, or even real estate advisers. All of these contacts mean you have a broader talent base from which to pull from who are already a trusted group because your contractor approves of their work.
Baratto Brothers Construction has been building superior homes in the Brainerd Lakes Area since 2002 and we’ve extended that excellence to commercial construction in recent years. If you’re looking to build a commercial construction relationship you can rely on for years to come, contact us at 218-692-1070 for a free consultation. Getting the right team for your next commercial construction project doesn’t have to be daunting, or tedious. We’re here to help make it as easy and stress-free as possible. It’s just one of the many ways we work hard to become your Commercial Builder for Life.