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How to Choose a Commercial Builder


If you’re a business owner, constructing your own commercial building or completing a build-out of your new space is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. And we’re not just talking money. You’ll invest your time, your expertise, and your hopes and dreams for the future of your business, too.

At Scott Build, we get it. That’s why we offer a guaranteed maximum price and have been on time, in budget, on every project we’ve completed. We are as conscientious of your goals and your budget as you are. When it comes time to choose a commercial builder for your project, here are three things to look for.

  1. Project Transparency

You’re open and honest about your goals and expectations for your new commercial space. Your builder should be just as candid about what it’s going to cost, how long it’s going to take, and the quality of every contractor working on your project.

Before you hire a commercial builder, ask them if they will have an open book protocol for your project. Will they share all financial records related to your project? How about timelines and contracts? Will they offer you details about the subcontractors they plan to hire? If not, we advise taking your project—and your money—elsewhere.

  1. True Cost

It is very tempting to accept the lowest bid you get for your commercial building project. But we strongly urge you to press any potential builders to share their expected final costs with you. Every project is only in budget once, and that’s at its completion.

Through our extensive design and preconstruction phase, Scott Build is able to tell you what it costs to finish your project. Our competitors tell you what it will cost to start it.  

  1. On-Time Track Record

When you’re choosing a commercial builder, ask them what percentage of their projects finish on time. While no one can predict the future, a reputable builder can anticipate and avoid potential delays in acquiring materials, inspections, subcontractor issues, and other common construction time snags.

When interviewing commercial builders, ask them how they will ensure your project will stay to their estimated timeline. Inquire about the potential delays your project may have and the builder’s plan to avoid or minimize them. If you’re not satisfied with their answer, keep looking.

Choosing the builder for your commercial construction project is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. It pays to do your research and ask the tough questions to ensure your project will stay on time and in budget.

Scott Build’s honesty and integrity throughout the building process has helped earn us the reputation as the Master Builder. We invite you to take a look through our portfolio and contact a few of our references.

Then, we’d love to hear more about how we can help you with your next project. Contact us to get started today.

Latest Testimonials
Swanson & Youndale

Scott Build has always demanded a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and quality from their employees and their subcontractors which in turn produces a product second to none.

Results Real Estate

Your knowledge of soil preparation & associated costs; overall construction and most importantly, the recognition of possible “hidden” problems of a particular project that you uncover that others do not, has always protected my client’s interest. 

LBZ Investments

If you are considering a building and want to know all the facts and costs up front, you’d be wise to talk to Scott Build.

Grazzini Brothers & Company

We have found Scott Build completely honest and cooperative with us as a specialty contractor. They have always been very professional in their handling of problems at all times looking out for the owners interest, yet treating their specialty contractors fairly and honestly.

Egan Companies

Scott Builders far exceeds most general contractors in their on-time delivery of complete projects that meet customer expectations.

County of Wright

I realize that even though we are early on in the construction process they have saved us large sums of money through their diligence scrutinizing construction documents.