It is not easy to stick to a strict budget, especially for a large commercial construction project. You must have a lot of patience, negotiation skills, and you must begin planning from the start. There are aspects of the project that you cannot help but go over the intended budget, but you may be able to mitigate it by cutting corners in other areas. There are always unexpected losses that may happen as well, like vandalism or natural disasters.
Have A Complete Design
Having a design that does not have all of the little details will cause a contractor to purchase additional labor and materials to fill in the unexpected gaps. Make sure that you and the architect agree that all of the designs, drawings, and related documents are fully completed. The architect is the one who is responsible for footing the bill if designs are incomplete and cause additional costs.
Don't Always Accept Lowball Bids
If you are managing a project and a bid seems too good to be true, it likely is. When you accept these lowball bids, you may find them asking to add more and later down the road. Eventually, it may get to a point where you are paying more than the other higher bidders. Make sure you are clear with everything that you want to be done for the job and make it clear in the contract.
Prepare For The Worst
You never know if your project is struck by a disaster of if you find yourself in a costly legal battle. For this reason, you should equip yourself with property and liability insurance policies. Be sure to check if your state allows contractor’s liability insurance to include damages caused by faulty work by contractors. You should also keep in mind that many problems may appear down the line so prepare surety bonds to prevent pay for bad work.