What to consider before you build

Planning a construction project? Whether you’re hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, ask these questions to help make your construction project a success.

  • Do you have a fixed cost contract, and have you set up payment and appropriate work schedule deliverables?
  • Have you completed a budget and cost overrun analysis? Plan for an extra 20% for potential unexpected costs.
  • Do you have detailed quotes from three contractors and checked their references?
  • Do you have construction liability/contractor liability insurance, business interruption insurance and course of construction insurance?
  • Does your contractor have all the correct permits secured and know the bylaws of where you’re building?
  • Do you have itemized costs/estimates and materials and labour budget?
  • Have you completed a financial and cost overrun analysis? Plan for an extra 20% for potential unexpected costs.
  • Do you have detailed quotes from three sub-contractors and checked their references?
  • Do you have full replacement cost property insurance, commercial liability insurance, business interruption insurance and course of construction insurance?
  • Do you or your sub-contractors have all the correct permits secured and know the bylaws of where you’re building?

Other considerations

  • Commit to a project plan (blueprints, site prep, materials, estimated start and finish dates) as closely as you can.
  • There are different warranties and liabilities depending if you’re building for a business vs. personal use. Check your provincial government website for specifics.
  • Plan for site inspections and progress reports.

 

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