So you have decided to open your own medical practice, congratulations! But you are going to need a space for your office, you cannot have clients coming to your home now, can you? Medical office construction is never an easy or stress-free journey. It can be time consuming and expensive! But going in knowledgeable about the process can definitely give you the head start you need.
You are Educated and Intelligent, But Not Enough In Construction!
The first thing you will have to recognize is that you probably do not know anything about the construction industry or overseeing a general contractor and architect. Make sure you are being honest with yourself about directing the construction of a medical office. You do not want to make an expensive mistake!
Get What You Want
That being said, this does not mean you should avoid participating in the process. Remember that YOU are the client and your office is an important part of your business. Taking part in designing the office is the best way to make certain all of your office requirements are included. Attend the meetings that take place with the architect, general contractor, subcontractors, and vendors to review work and keep the construction on track. If they do not offer these meeting, set them yourself, because without communication details get left behind.
Assemble the Right Team
Get a team you trust! Make sure they can properly advise you at each stage. Anyone who is in charge of the physical aspects of construction should be consulted often. Equipment can be overlooked and this can be an expensive mistake to make! Do not leave all the decisions of the designing to the team. Include your own opinion when you attend the review meetings. Making sure the architectural plans are perfect that can ensure the best possible of the finished product.
Do not Get Ripped Off
Construction companies have a tendency to make construction last longer than it needs to so they can get a little extra money out of you. So how do you avoid this? Make it a requirement for the General Contractor to write a schedule for every part of the construction, especially the projected end date. Add a “liquidated damages” clause onto the contract before you sign. This makes it so the contractor owes money for the missed deadlines. There is nothing like money to motivate a company to do their best work!
Write it Down!
Always get your project down in writing! That way, in case something goes wrong, you do not end up paying for it. Make sure you are certain every detail of the project is written down in a contract. Without it, these details cannot be enforced.
Check Your Contracts
This may be a no-brainer, but once you get your contracts prepared, read over everything. If there are any aspects you do not understand, make sure to ask questions before signing. Hire a lawyer if it gives you more confidence.
Once you have gone through this process, you are ready to go. You will have your business up and running in no time, with the perfect office for you and your clients.