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When It's Time to Remodel Your Nursing Home

nursing home

Transitioning to a nursing home can be a challenging time for residents and their families. Remodeling your facility to make it more welcoming and home-like can make the transition much easier for everyone involved.

What to Discuss in Your Remodel Meeting with Benchmark

How to Make a Favorable First Impression

The entryway to your nursing home facility is a reflection of what's inside and is critical to your mission. Your front door, lobby, and reception desk should be well lit, inviting, and include comfortable seating and up-to-date decor. This is something we'll want to discuss.

Avoiding the 3 Common Scheduling Delays of Commercial Construction

Construction Project Schedule

Commercial construction projects move quicker than they ever have before. The urgency to develop buildings for modern businesses has driven construction firms to build more, faster. Companies that enlist a commercial construction firm to build their custom project now work on tighter schedules and expect jobs to be completed on much smaller time windows.

To accomplish these projects on time, it is essential that every measure to avoid delays possible is taken. While various interruptions come up during the build, the majority of delays occur because of choices made before the build starts.

Here are three common mistakes that lead to scheduling delays:

Choosing Your First General Contractor for a Construction Project

contractor drawing out plans

Anytime that you choose to do something for the first time, there can be many uncertainties and challenges that come up. You also inevitably face the concern of selecting the best option available and hope that you have made the best choice.

At Benchmark Construction, we have been responsible for handling many first-time clients in building their commercial projects. When selecting a general contractor to work with, there are some essential areas where an experienced firm can make all of the difference in making your first project go as hassle-free as possible.

Preparing to Work with a Design Build Team

design build team

An effective way to tackle your next construction project is with the design-build model. Enabling this model means that your needed services like engineering, architecture, and construction are provided by one team with experienced professionals. This approach often results in giving you the best product, price, and completion timeline.

A crucial part of this process is preparation. Before sitting down with a construction company, your project should be well defined, and you should have some questions to present. Here are some tips for effectively preparing for your initial meeting:

Cast Your Vision

No one knows what you want better than you do, so giving the design-build team a well-defined vision of your project is essential. A practical place to start is by developing a wish list of what you want for the project. Be as specific as possible, giving the design-build team the most significant advantage possible for completing your project.

5 Tips for Completing Your Construction Project on Time

female architect at construction site

When you decide to start a commercial construction project, an essential step is to determine the time it will take to complete the job. This time frame is usually estimated by a general contractor and is subject to revision as the project initially gets started. Throughout the construction process, there are many crucial deadlines for planning, permits, financing and more. With an abundance of essential pieces to keep in mind, you work hard to accomplish the project in the timeframe that was estimated.

However, we are all aware of horror stories of construction projects gone wrong, facing delays that are either weeks or months long, putting the plan severely behind schedule. But fear not, we've got some helpful tips that will improve the chances of your project finishing on time.

Is It Time to Update or Expand Your Commercial Space?

commercial renovation

Knowing when to update your commercial space means balancing the current needs of your business with your potential for growth. Remodeling, expanding, or even entirely new building construction for your organization can bring about some exciting opportunities. Here's how to know when it's time to put building construction on your list of business goals.

3 Tips for Remodeling Your Retail Space

remodel of retail space

When you decide to remodel your retail space, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. A remodel can enhance your business, drawing new customers and ensuring repeats, but business owners want to minimize the impact during construction as much as possible.

At Benchmark Construction, we understand the intricacies of construction projects, and we’d love to help you plan yours. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help you start the planning process.

1. Narrow Down Most Important Elements

It can be tempting to want to do a complete overhaul, but that’s not always the best plan. Alternately, in some cases it’s a smart idea to tackle a bit more – say, you want to refresh the appearance, but some of the behind the scenes stuff (like electrical or plumbing) could use replacing.

Here’s the Difference Between Subcontractors & Contractors

Subcontractors & Contractors

When you’re getting started on the planning and negotiating stages of a construction project, you’ll probably find yourself with a list of unfamiliar terms and titles. One sometimes confusing distinction is that between the general contractor and subcontractor. Here are the differences and the purpose of each.

General Contractor

The general contractor is the person or company you hire to spearhead the entire project. You enter into a contract with them in order to accomplish the construction services you need. In most cases, they will coordinate hiring any subcontractors themselves.

Contractors are the ‘labor and services’ component of the construction project, but you should hash out all details beforehand and only enter into a contract if you feel completely understood and trusting. Details will include the costs associated with the subcontractors in addition to other expenses of the project.

What to Ask Your Construction Contractor

asking contractor questions

Now that you’ve found the general contractor for your upcoming project, the next step is to prep for that project by making sure you have all questions answered. You probably (and understandably) have a lot of questions, but perhaps you aren’t sure how to ask them or what to prioritize. We’ve compiled this guide to help you determine what to ask your general contractor in order to get your project underway.

The Important Questions to Ask

About The Company

You may have researched and interviewed the company you’re using, but it’s not too late to learn more about who you’re working with. You can ask for specific examples of projects the contractor has worked on, particularly those that are similar to your own. And, definitely ask about the company itself if you’d like to know more about it.

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