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How to Pick a Residential Contractor

You’ve decided to renovate your home. Do you know how to find a contractor to make it happen? After you’ve decided on your renovation, you start a completely new headache of finding someone to make your vision come to life. Not everyone knows what to do when selecting a contractor. It’s a lot more complicated than buying a new piece of furniture or finding a landscaper. You have to be actively engaged in the process. When looking for a residential contractor for your home here are some things to keep in mind.

Look at their Experience
Consider how long a contractor has been in business. The more experience they have, the more likely they are to be reliable. Experience ties into what your renovation or build is. You want a contractor who is experienced in the type of work you want to be done. You can look at the contractor’s information and history through the Better Business Bureau.

Look at Reviews
One of the first things you should do when considering a residential contractor is to look at their online reviews. Note what people who have worked with them before are saying about payment, the time frame of the project, and the character of the contractor. Reading reviews from others will give you an idea if the residential contractor is right for your renovation or build.

Ask to See Previous Work
Most contractors will have a portfolio of past work. This will include pictures and floor plans. You will be able to see the finished project and determine if the quality and style of their work is what you’re looking for. While reviews can show you the character of the contractor, seeing their previous work will allow you to vision if the residential contractor is right for your project.

Consider Their Design Style
Some Contractors are better working in a particular style. It’s important to note their design style and consider if it matches what you envision for your renovation. You want your home to flow together seamlessly. Your contractor should be able to make that happen while also giving you the home you dream of.

Check their Licenses
Residential contractors should be licensed. In Florida, there is a requirement to be licensed to be a residential contractor. Going through the licensing process ensures that the contractor has the expertise and the ability to complete a residential project.

Need a Residential Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs
We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.
FGC, Inc. builds and renovates commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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4 Questions to Consider When Picking a Location For Your Business

When deciding on a place for your business, there is a lot to consider. Most of the overall construction depends on the location you pick for your business. Location is one of the biggest aspects of your business that you need to consider. Location can make or break a business, so you want to make sure you pick a space that works for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself, and to discuss with your contractor, when deciding on a location for your business.

What’s Your Budget?
How much money are you willing to put up for your location? There are a lot of expenses when starting a business such as furniture, licenses, and staff. You must decide pretty early how much money you can use for your location and how much you are going to save for future expenses. Whatever location you chose there will need to be further construction or renovation to make the space yours. While location is important, your furniture and how you chose to decorate can help build the aesthetic of your business without a costly renovation. Your contractor will help you use your budget to maximize your space when you’ve chosen your location.

Do You Want to Build or Renovate?
Your budget is a big deciding factor in picking your business’s location. If you have a large budget and are willing, you may consider building. A contractor will help you actualize what your business needs in a location and if your needs could be easily modeled from an existing space or if they need special construction. If your business is unique and would require special rooms or construction to run properly, building could be your best option. On the other hand, if you don’t have a large budget to construct your own building or don’t want to own your business space, renovating could be the best option for you.

Who is Your Customer Base?
Who are you trying to attract with your business? Are you a new business or an established one? These are all questions you need to consider when deciding on a location for your business. You need to figure out where your customers are and find a space that will attract them. You need to be easily accessible to your customers. You don’t want to be far away from where your customers are.

What Are Your Business Needs and Goals?
When deciding on a location, you need to figure out the needs and goals of your business. When looking at spaces, your contractor will help you visualize what is possible for each space and what the limitations are. Construction and renovation can make your space meet your business’s needs. When going through this process, you must keep in mind the needs and goals of your business. The last thing you want to do as a business owner is get stuck in a space that doesn’t work for your business.

Need a Commercial Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs
We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.
FGC, Inc. builds and renovates commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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4 Benefits of Hiring a Residential Contractor for Home Improvements

In the age of do-it-yourself and youtube tutorials, you may think you don’t need to hire a residential contractor for your home improvement. If you’re adding a room, taking down a wall, or even adding a kitchen island, a residential contractor can make sure your renovation goes smoothly. Residential Contractors have the experience and expertise to make your renovations go smoothly and benefit your home.

Make Your Vision Come to Life
When it comes to renovating your home, you have a vision for what you want. A Residential Contractor can make that vision come to life. You want your home to be perfect for your needs and so does your contractor. They want your home to work for you which is why they will put in the work to make a design plan for your home that will leave you satisfied.

Rework Plumbing and Electrical
If you are doing any renovations that involve electrical or plumbing work, a contractor can ensure that these renovations are done right. Inexperience in these areas can lead to mistakes that can show up later. If your plumbing or electrical work isn’t done correctly it can lead to issues and even damages down the line. Your Residential Contractor will make sure everything is done correctly so you won’t have to worry.

Finish Faster
When you have a residential contractor on your side, your project will get done a lot faster than if you do it yourself. A Residential Contractor will be able to work on your renovations with professionalism and experience. If you’re renovating your home in your free time, your house will be a construction zone for a while. A Residential Contractor will be able to do the work for you so your renovations won’t fall behind.

Save Money
Contractors have connections to suppliers and subcontractors. Their relationships can help save a lot of money during renovations. Contractors are also insured. If something goes wrong during renovation, a contractor’s insurance will cover the costs of the damage and repairs. If you’re doing renovations yourself, you alone will be responsible for financing damage and repairs. Having a residential contractor on the project ease your mind as you make renovations to your home.

Need a Residential Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs.

We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.

FGC, Inc. builds and renovates commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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Ponte Vedra Beach’s First and Only Dog Daycare and Boarding Breaks Ground

We procured its final approvals to move forward and break ground. 

This 5000 SF facility for dog daycare & boarding will be located at 8050 Sawgrass Village Circle in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach. 

This long awaited amenity anticipates a Winter 2019 opening. FGC, Inc., our local commercial construction partner, has scheduled our GROUNDBREAKING for Monday, August 19th 2019.

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Reasons to Invest in Commercial Renovation

At FGC, Inc. we take projects on at ANY stage and arrive at a solid concept that makes financial and actual sense. Each job has its own path and after a short evaluation, our combined industry knowledge of over 150 years will provide a clear path for owners to be able to make educated decisions about their project. One such project is a commercial renovation.

Although commercial construction is thriving, there are plenty of commercial buildings out there that require renovations to adhere to building codes, regulations, or to better suit employees or clients.

We provide many types of construction work at FGC, Inc. and we specialize in commercial construction. Below, we’ve shared a few reasons why you should think about investing in a commercial renovation at this current time.
Increase energy efficiency. The average building wastes about a third of the energy it uses, according to Energy Star. With a commercial renovation, sustainable, “green,” and eco-friendly upgrades and additions can create energy efficient solutions into the building, so the building wastes less, and hurts the planet and your wallet less.

Broaden your customer base. Times change. People change. Whether the commercial building is a retail shop or a doctor’s office, you want the atmosphere to reflect the times. The space should be kept up and updated. You will lose current and potential customers if your commercial building/space looks run down and uninviting. A commercial renovation of the space to make it up to date while reflecting its employees and customers’ needs will only help bring you more business.

Maximize production. Like stated above, an outdated space is a turn off. An older building with broken and/or older designs can lead to an unwelcoming environment that people don’t want to spend their time in. Poor commercial spaces can increase turnover rates, especially if the building and space cannot meet the needs of the business. Figure out what style/layout/look is needed for your employees and clients to thrive and put time and money into your business. What can make a space better? New technology, more natural light, and open spaces – just to name a few.

Need a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new commercial space that reflects the current needs of your business. With a commercial renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one.

We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any commercial renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.
FGC, Inc. builds and renovates commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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10 Common Commercial Construction Terms

10 Common Commercial Construction Terms

Construction is a booming business right now. Between growing populations and natural disasters, there’s a demand for new structures and rebuilding. In fact, the demand is so high there’s actually a shortage of quality workers available to fill all the open jobs.

There are so many types of construction work and at FGC, Inc. we specialize in commercial construction, residential construction. Within this giant industry, there’s a lot of words and terms used that a non-construction person or client are not familiar with.

Below, we’ve shared some common commercial construction terms that can help you better understand certain parts of the process, whether you’re in the industry or not.

  • General Contractor – This is the prime contractor on a project who is responsible for project oversight, scheduling, budget, and management of subcontractors. etc.
  • Subcontractor – This type of contractor performs services under contract with the general contractor.
  • Design-Bid-Build – This is the traditional model of construction project delivery. An owner contracts with a design firm. After the design is completed, the owner solicits bids from contractors to build.
  • Bid – A price proposal based on design documents and specifications.
  • Request for Information (RFI) – An RFI is used to gather information to help decide on next steps.
  • Purchase Order (PO) – A PO is an official offer issued by a buyer to a seller. The PO indicates types, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services.
  • Punch List – A punch list is a document that lists items that are not completed to the client’s specifications by the end of a project.
  • Field Work Order – This work order is given by the general contractor to a subcontractor to complete work that may be out of scope.
  • Lien – Contractors file a lien, which is a claim on a property, when they have not been paid for work.
  • Job Costing – Job costing is an accounting method for tracking expenses to a project.
  • Subcontract – This is an agreement between the general contractor and another contractor to perform a certain set of construction services.

The above terms are just a few of the common commercial terms used. There are many more – feel free to run any other terms by us for an explanation.

Need a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

If you are confused by any commercial construction terminology when working with a contractor, especially with us, please don’t hesitate to ask us for explanations – we don’t want you to be confused. We all need to be on the same page!

FGC Inc. is a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, as well as residential construction. We have great relationships with our clients, and we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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The Importance of Relationships in Commercial Construction

A commercial contractor has a lot to think about to keep his/her business thriving. From deadlines to materials, there’s a lot to manage and keep track of; however, there is one thing that if a commercial contractor, or person in any industry ignores, his/her business will suffer: relationships. Relationships are key to the success of a business in all fields.

A contractor needs to build strong relationships with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more to ensure projects go smoothly and that more projects can occur in the future. Relationships need to be built and worked on throughout every stage of the construction process from consultation to breaking ground to the finished product.

How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

As a commercial contractor, you want to build relationships to help grow your business and open new opportunities for you. With relationships, you can make connections that lead to business and projects you may have never landed otherwise. If you grow your network and maintain great relationships and connections with people, you can grow your business and take on jobs that wouldn’t have been possible before.

With good relationships, people will call on you again and again. If your track record and repertoire with them is a good one, they will go to you first to complete a successful project. How can you keep and maintain a good relationship? Thank clients, vendors, managers, subcontractors, and more for helping you or working with you – check in with these people even if you’re currently not working with them on a project. If you stay in touch and nurture the relationship, you will be on their mind when the time comes for the next project.

You can also potentially grow relationships from good to better to best. If you can serve a client in different ways, you can grow and deepen the relationship with them. At FGC Inc., we don’t only offer commercial construction management, we do residential construction management, development, assessments, residential remodeling, space planning, real estate investments, owners representative assignment, bank inspections, consulting, and more.

If you have a great, trusted relationship with someone, they will choose to work with you for other services or refer you clients for more business.

You aren’t just providing a service as a general commercial contractor, you are a partner that your clients, vendors, or subcontractors rely on throughout the process of a project. Sure, your team needs knowledge, skills, and experience but without communication and relationships, you will not have successful projects or even a successful business down the line.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we don’t just take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

We pride ourselves on assisting in any way possible to ensure success or a project, and a major way to do that is through developing great relationships with all parties we work with. We are a faith-based company looking to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason – we strive to meet this goal daily through relationships with clients, vendors or even the trades that partner with us.
At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our yeas of service.

FGC, Inc. builds residential commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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Commercial Construction and Building Aesthetics

Commercial Construction and Building Aesthetics  

Commercial contractors need to work with business owners not only to design and build a functional space that reflects the needs of a company but create a space that is appealing and comfortable. Building aesthetics greatly affect a customer’s perception of the services and products of that business.  

Whether building or remodeling, you need to keep building aesthetics in mind during the project. As a commercial contractor, our team at FGC, Inc. has built many different types of commercial projects in different industries, so we understand the importance of building aesthetics attracting clients.  

A commercial location’s physical appearance matters, according to several surveys. These surveys showed that consumers formed an opinion on a business based on its physical presence, which can sway the consumer’s decision on where to shop or go to for services. In fact, 95% of consumers reported that the exterior appearance is important in selecting a place to shop or give business to, and more than two-thirds of consumers don’t go into places if they do not like the outward appearance.  

Tips for Improving Your Building Aesthetics

As a business owner and commercial contractor must work together to create a space, inside and out, that will attract customers and keep them coming back – you want to leave them with a positive feeling and impression. Our team at FGC can help building owners through the building or renovation process from lighting and roofing to painting and flooring.  

We wanted to share some tips on improving building aesthetics:  

  • Choose large, expansive windows.  
  • For an elegant feel, choose soft, white lights.  
  • Choose a front door color/material that contrasts with the rest of the building.  
  • Plant vegetation around the front door.  
  • Install/incorporate characteristics of your brand to the exterior of your building, not just the interior.  
  • Install railings and easy-access and useable walkways, ramps, and staircases.  
  • Make sure your company name/logo is large and legible.  

You should always evaluate the external presentation of your business. Take a look at your space is try to think what message it gives off to potential or current customers. Ask yourself if you think if your appearance is turning people away.  

Need a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

FGC Inc. is a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrive long after the construction process is complete.  Through these relationships, we can help create an aesthetically-appealing building, inside and out, for your potential clients.  

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our years of service.   

FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family, and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332.

 

 

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How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

A commercial contractor has a lot to think about to keep his/her business thriving. From deadlines to materials, there’s a lot to manage and keep track of; however, there is one thing that if a commercial contractor, or person in any industry ignores, his/her business will suffer: relationships. Relationships are key to the success of a business in all fields.

A contractor needs to build strong relationships with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more to ensure projects go smoothly and that more projects can occur in the future. Relationships need to be built and worked on throughout every stage of the construction process from consultation to breaking ground to the finished product.

How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

As a commercial contractor, you want to build relationships to help grow your business and open new opportunities for you. With relationships, you can make connections that lead to business and projects you may have never landed otherwise. If you grow your network and maintain great relationships and connections with people, you can grow your business and take on jobs that wouldn’t have been possible before.

With good relationships, people will call on you again and again. If your track record and repertoire with them is a good one, they will go to you first to complete a successful project. How can you keep and maintain a good relationship? Thank clients, vendors, managers, subcontractors, and more for helping you or working with you – check in with these people even if you’re currently not working with them on a project. If you stay in touch and nurture the relationship, you will be on their mind when the time comes for the next project.

You can also potentially grow relationships from good to better to best. If you can serve a client in different ways, you can grow and deepen the relationship with them. At FGC Inc., we don’t only offer commercial construction management, we do residential construction management, development, assessments, residential remodeling, space planning, real estate investments, owners representative assignment, bank inspections, consulting, and more.

If you have a great, trusted relationship with someone, they will choose to work with you for other services or refer you clients for more business.

You aren’t just providing a service as a general commercial contractor, you are a partner that your clients, vendors, or subcontractors rely on throughout the process of a project. Sure, your team needs knowledge, skills, and experience but without communication and relationships, you will not have successful projects or even a successful business down the line.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we don’t just take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

We pride ourselves on assisting in any way possible to ensure success or a project, and a major way to do that is through developing great relationships with all parties we work with. We are a faith-based company looking to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason – we strive to meet this goal daily through relationships with clients, vendors or even the trades that partner with us.

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our yeas of service.

FGC, Inc. builds residential commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family and commercial construction management. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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How to Avoid Commercial Construction Delays

Construction delays happen, unfortunately. Commercial construction is a fast-paced business and industry. Many projects have tighter schedules as the demand for commercial construction has increased in recent years. With shorter timelines, mishaps and delays can occur more frequently.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we wanted to share some common construction delays and what you can do to avoid them or at least be better prepared for them.

How to Stay on Track During a Commercial Construction Project

  • Allow enough time for the construction permitting process. The local permit process is what it is –no one gets special treatment. Plan for this process so the actual construction time isn’t pressed for time, especially if it takes longer to get the permit than expected.
  • Have a knowledge of the local codes/regulations in the city/county of the project.
  • Drawings/plans can cause delays. Many times, a client, architect, or engineer will not sign off on plans/drawings in a timely manner, which can lead to delay after delay after delay. Without the drawings, manufacturing, ordering, delivery, and installation plans and dates will be stalled. A general contractor needs to make sure drawings are being submitted on time and pushing the appropriate parties to give approvals or comments so the project can move forward into the construction and production phase. Just like the permit, time should be built into the schedule for the drawings/plans to be drawn up and created and for any changes that may occur so that delays won’t occur.
  • Hire quality workers who are skilled, good listeners, and who work hard to get a project done right and on time.
  • Have good communication with all parties (general contractor, client, subcontractors, vendors, etc.)
  • Purchase and use software to track worker and project productivity, as well as finances.
  • Have full financing in place before committing to a project.
  • Plan for extra worker support if needed and have a back-up crew.
  • Plan for long-lead items. Some materials have long-lead times, which are fixed. Some bigger items (elevators, specialty glass, HVAC units) require months in advance for ordering, especially if the order is custom built. You want to make sure extended lead times fit into your construction schedule. You want to make sure the products you’re ordering make sense with the time table of the project. If the lead times are too long, you may need to order different products or talk to the client about extended the length of the project.

Through careful, thoughtful, well-executed planning from the start, you can keep your commercial construction project on track without major delays.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., our word is our bond. We work hard to keep your commercial project on track. Through years of experience, we know the commercial construction process well and know what it takes to keep a project running within budget and on time.

We have extensive experience in commercial construction. Our team provides innovative design and construction solutions to meet your needs and problems.
FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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