What is a Full-Service Construction Company?

A full-service construction company provides design and build services including materials, equipment, and labor for excavating, masonry, carpentry, and more for your new construction, renovation, remodel, or restoration. Working with one company from planning to securing financing, breaking ground, and keeping your project on track in the Washington D.C. area simplifies the experience and helps you get the end result you want.

At Usource Services we take a full-service approach to give clients the best construction experience possible. We balance cost, quality, and time by working with you through every stage of the project, including:

  1. Design & Engineering – Developing the scope of work needed, including architectural, engineering, and material acquisition services 
  2. Regulatory Management – Managing the entitlement process to secure approvals and proper permitting
  3. Project Financing – Assisting you with securing capital partners to finance your project, whether it’s a new build, renovation, or remodel
  4. Project Management Support – Overall coordination of all your project’s moving parts, keeping costs under control and work on schedule
  5. Construction – We have a full construction team experienced in renovation and new construction

We can help you get your project started, keep it on track, and open your doors with a fresh, new space built to your needs. Just give us a call–let’s talk about what you want to build!

“Can I Keep My Business Open During a Remodel or Renovation?”

The answer may be yes, but it depends on the kind of business you operate and the work that is planned in your commercial remodel or renovation. You’ll want to discuss this with your general contractor to find out if staying open may be possible. 

A remodel or renovation is a major investment, so many business owners prefer to minimize the amount of time they need to close their doors. But if it’s safe and practical to remain open while work is underway, how do you, your employees, and your customers get through it with as little added stress as possible? In this blog, we’ll look at a few things to consider before beginning a remodel or renovation in your place of business.

  • Discuss your preference to stay open with your contractor, and ask for a schedule of work.

This is the first and most important step. Before finalizing any plans, discuss your plans to stay open with your contractor. They can advise you on what to expect with the work that is planned, and they’ll likely have tips based on past experience with commercial construction projects. Ask them for a schedule of work from start to finish so you’ll be able to plan around what’s happening in the building day to day. For example, there may be a short period of time you’ll plan to close if the power or water need to be turned off, or if loud or noisy work is planned like concrete demolition.

  • Plan for a clean living and working space throughout the work. 

Depending on the extent of your remodel or renovation, you may be able to block off half of your building, or at least enough space to safely and comfortably accommodate your staff and customers. Safety is of course the top priority, so you’ll need some space free of extension cords, building materials, and unfinished surfaces. If every room will be part of the remodel, work with your contractor to plan when you can remain open, and when you’ll have to close. The earlier you sort this out, the better you can prepare your staff and customers for coming changes.

  • Make sure supplies are ordered or on-hand before work begins.

No matter how well your remodel or renovation goes, you’ll definitely want work to be completed as soon as possible. Speak with your contractor about needed materials and make sure that everything will be ready before work begins. The last thing you want is to have an unfinished space longer than you need to because of delayed shipping. 

  • Take photos, ask questions, and prioritize the needs of your staff and customers.

During your remodel, life will be different. People will come and go from the jobsite, some areas will be inaccessible at times, and you’ll have plastic sheeting and drop cloths everywhere. And some days will be noisier than others. But you’ll also see your building’s upgrade happening in real time! 

Make sure that above all you prioritize your staff and customers. The last thing you want to do is impact their experience negatively while you’re saving money during the renovation. Be clear and upfront about the work that will be done, how long you plan to stay open, and always prepare to adjust on the fly as needs change. 

Whether you choose to stay open or close during a remodel, your contractor should work to accommodate your needs–the key is always proper planning upfront and an honest conversation between you and your contractor.

Ready to begin a remodel or just have a few questions? Give us a call!

Rising Lumber Prices and Your Construction Project or Renovation

You’ve likely noticed the recent rise in lumber prices if you currently have a construction or renovation project underway, or if you’re planning to begin one later this year. It’s true that many building materials have quickly become more expensive since around this time last year. As a general contractor working with customers across the Washington D.C. area, we’d like to share a few tips for dealing with higher material costs and what to expect from your contractor.

While this is a challenging time for both commercial and residential construction companies, and their clients, keeping these things in mind can help you navigate fluctuating prices together and still achieve your desired project outcome:

  • Discuss potential price increases with your contractor now

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to connect with your general contractor about potential cost adjustments. As always, we advise honest, open communication between contractor and client, especially when it comes to the project budget. Getting ahead of the issue can prevent surprises down the road. The sooner you discuss price changes with your contractor, the more flexibility they’ll have to offer cost-saving tips in other areas to offset higher materials prices.

  • Understand cost adjustment terms in your construction contract

Terms for cost adjustments during a project can usually be found in your construction contract. Many times, general contractors can deliver work under budget. When materials or labor get more expensive, or when unforeseen circumstances arise, there will usually be clear guidelines for adjusting the overall cost of the project up. Make sure you understand the process for any mark-ups based on unforeseen circumstances.

  • Ask about adjustments if material costs decrease

Your contractor should absolutely revisit cost adjustments if the price of lumber and other materials falls, affecting work still to be done on your project. We feel this is only fair, and clients should expect it. Make sure to bring this up in any discussions you have about price increases.

If you’re project is still in the planning phase, you’re still working out construction financing, or you need a general contractor in the Washington D.C. area, give us a call. We’ve seen price squeezes before, and we’ll be happy to offer our best advice to help get your project off the ground.