|If you are working on a commercial construction project (such as a supermarket, a sporting complex, a restaurant, a hotel or a shopping mall) it is likely that you will be hiring a suitable builder who is able to bring your concepts and ideas to life. It is important to keep in mind that the overall construction process will involve a considerable amount of planning and dedication, both on your and your builder's behalf. In these cases, it is of equal importance that you make long-term arrangements with your commercial builder.|
There are a number of legal issues that will surround the construction of a commercial building - it is important that you are aware of what these issues are and that you have taken steps to ensure that you do not violate any laws. Your builder should also be made aware of any laws that could affect your project, as they will also need to take similar steps.
If the commercial builder that you are hiring is not part of an all-inclusions service, you should ask them about other required professionals that they would recommend for your project. As well as a builder, you will need the assistance of an engineer, architect, surveyor and so on. This needs to be done well in advance of building commencing.
Make sure that you remain the decision maker in all phases of the construction project. Whilst the builder will advise you as to the legal and cheapest way to do things, you should have the final say as to what the building will look like, for example.
Thoroughly read through the contract in order to ensure that it protects both your investment and the commercial builders. If you are unclear with any part of the contract or you find a mistake, you must speak up immediately and do not sign until you are happy with the document. This will prevent legal issues from cropping up later.
Make sure that you are fully aware of the certification and licenses of all the commercial builders that will be working on your project. If you discover that some of the contractors are not properly trained or licensed, you are well within your rights to request that they not work on your site or that they obtain the proper certifications.
Making arrangements with your commercial builders is one of the most important parts of ensuring that your construction project goes off without a hitch. Some people may not even be aware of all of the arrangements that are necessary in the construction process, so by looking into each of them well in advance of beginning the project you will be well-prepared for all discussions with your builder.