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Everything you need to know about finding a Commercial Builder

Commercial builders specialize in the construction of shops, office buildings, factories, retail buildings (such as shopping malls) and other buildings. They are responsible for:

  • Examining clients plans/documents;
  • Tendering for projects;
  • Submitting plans to a building surveyor for approval;
  • Organising inspections of all building work.

Commercial builders need excellent logistic, negotiation and supervision skills to ensure their construction projects are completed on time, and on budget.

Please consider the following before hiring a commercial builder:

1. Examine the commercial builders resume closely;

2. Ask for a guided tour of the builder's recently completed general building work. Make sure to keep your eye out for:

  • Water stains from faulty plumbing
  • Cracked or peeling paint which is meant to be new
  • External wall cracks
  • Rust stains in the concrete
  • Immobile doors and windows
  • Bathroom/kitchen dampness or poor ventilation

3. Ask for references from prior clients. When speaking to the referee make sure to ask:

  • If they delivered on time and within budget
  • If they delivered according to the building specification
  • If they were able to appropriately deal with contract variations
  • If they performed rectification works without trouble

4. Your budget – generally you will pay a higher amount for a quality builder.

5. Quotes – make sure your commercial builder quotes you on the same items your commercial architect has listed for the development.

6. Specialties – many commercial builders have areas of expertise that may suit your needs more so than others. The right commercial builder will be able illustrate relevant experience and cover any other questions you may have.

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