In our previous blog about adding value to your building project, we covered the proper ways to manage your project and why starting the planning process early is key to a successful project. Tip #5 and #6 cover operating costs and selecting the right construction professionals.
Tip #6: Consider the Operating Costs.
Taking the time to anticipate costs that can arise post-production, during building occupancy, will give you greater control over future finances. These factors include:
- Property taxes
- Insurance premiums
- Utilities and upkeep – which is probably the most important issue.
You will have to pay for the week-to-week, month-to-month upkeep – inside and outside, which include items such as cleaning services, lawn services, pest control and regular heating and cooling checkups. The cost of utilities is a good item to look closely at before you even start building – do certain materials offer natural insulating properties to keep costs down? Are there local agencies that offer tax advantages if you use environmentally-friendly materials and processes? Might you package your business as “green” to take advantage of some marketing opportunities?
Tip #7 Select the Right Construction Professionals.
Commercial building expertise does not come easily or overnight. Look for a builder who has the expertise and experience necessary to lead you through the entire process – someone who is not just a salesman or estimator. Check references; look closely at their reputation in the building community and community at large. Are they a stable business who will be around to finish the project? FBi has a solid reputation throughout the Midwest, is easy to work with and has the expertise to guide you through the entire construction process.
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