The office, where you operate your business, is undoubtedly an important place. All your business activities are initiated and executed from here with all your employees, their work stations, terminals, computers, servers, printers, scanners, books and so on and so forth. In brief you cannot afford to invite any trouble that may potentially hamper your normal office operation. However, sometimes there is no other option.
Suppose, for example, you are planning to refurbish your existing office work – to create more space, accommodate more work terminals, purchase of a new business, complying with statutory obligations such as taking measures for fire safety, health hazards, environmental pollution or things like that.
In the first place the project requires multiple contractors to carry out multiple assignments e.g. carpenter, plumber, electricians or electrical contractor, IT technicians, interior decorators to name a few. It is, therefore, advisable to look for a principal contractor to be assigned with the entire project. The question is how to find a principal contractor who can deliver the goods for you. Here is how you can go about it:
- Conflict Resolution: Since multiple contractors will be working in the very same place, sometimes simultaneously, it is very crucial to know what measures the principal contractor is likely to take to minimise conflicts amongst the sub-contractors.
- Avoid Duplication: There are chances of duplication in availing welfare facilities; the principal contractor should, therefore, be smart enough to define a process to avoid duplication.
- Accountability: When a number of contractors simultaneously work in the same area it is difficult to ascertain one of them to be held responsible for a particular defect at the project site. There are stringent methods to avoid this situation.
- Credentials: Sometimes advertisements about the principal contractor are misleading. It is wise to check the credentials of the principal contractor with regards to his experience, qualification, expertise, reference etc.
Even if you are able the find a good principal contractor for your project, you need to do your homework beforehand:
- Questionnaire/Objectives: Ask yourself questions as to what exactly you want to do and what exactly you need. There should always be a balance between your aspiration and necessity.
- Budget: Have you already a set a budget? If not, please set it now and allow some contingency.
- Review of Lease Agreement: If you are using an area on a lease basis, do not forget to check with the owner of the building if he or she has any reservations on having work done. Even if there are fine with the work due to be completed, it is advisable to review the clauses of the lease agreement.
- Take Your Time: Discuss your project with your colleagues and weigh up the pros and cons of all options.
- Communication: Let neighbouring properties know well in advance about the refurbishment project you are going to undertake to aid cooperation.
- Tender: When you have decided on your project source a professionally qualified and experienced principal contractor to entrust with the entire project.
If you would like to discuss your office move or refurbishement we have extensive experience in electrical contracting and have testimonials and case studies for our role as principal contractor.