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Avoid These All Too Common Restaurant Buildout Mistakes

Avoid These All Too Common Restaurant Buildout Mistakes

A successful restaurant buildout is possible if you take care to avoid these common mistakes and missteps that could derail your project.

Completing any restaurant construction project is no small feat, and this extends to include a restaurant buildout. With a restaurant buildout, you can skip over ground-up construction challenges, but you are sure to face different types of concerns. However, a successful restaurant buildout is possible if you take care to avoid these common mistakes and missteps that could derail your project.

Failing to Settle Buildout Terms in The Lease

A restaurant buildout implies that a landlord owns the commercial building, and the restaurant company or business will lease the property. Similar to starting with a white box, the restaurant company must complete interior renovations to make the location restaurant ready. Within the lease agreement or contract, several factors of the project buildout should be settled and expressed clearly in writing prior to signing the document. Some items include the need to build or demolish walls, how utilities to other tenants will be affected, receiving tenant improvement allowances to finance some of the project, etc.

Hiring the Wrong Commercial Contractors

Hiring the wrong commercial general contractors to complete the restaurant buildout can be more detrimental to your project than you think. You need to work with a contracting company that not only has the expertise but also has the appropriate certifications and licenses to do work in your chosen area. Local commercial contractors with extensive knowledge of restaurant building will know the local regulations, as well as subcontractors and vendors to ensure a successful project. Further, don’t be persuaded to hire the lowest-bidding contractor without considering their track-record. You may think this could save you some money, but you’re far likely to spend more in the long-run correcting mistakes and paying expensive fines with unreliable workmanship.

Setting an Unrealistic Schedule

Staying on schedule is always a main goal of any restaurant construction project. In order for all your plans to not fall out of line, you need to set realistic standards that everyone can deliver upon, and that includes deadlines. Construction schedules should also allocate sufficient time for handling any emergencies that could delay the project. To ensure your schedule is practical, work with your trusted contractor to develop a realistic timeline.

Work With Encore Construction

As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services throughout Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.

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