3 Tips to Keep Your Construction Project Running Smoothly, Start to Finish

We’ve all heard the horror stories about construction projects gone wrong. How do projects get to that point? Is it a lack of planning? Poor choice of contractor? Unrealistic expectations? It can be a combination of all of these things. Let us offer some pro tips on how you can avoid having issues during your commercial or residential construction project.

1. Determine your budget – then add at least 10%

Even with the best planning in place, unforeseen issues in construction always arise. How can you plan for something you don’t know about? Set yourself up with a construction contingency for these items. The construction process is a complex one, but by being prepared at the start of a project you can minimize the impact of unexpected items.

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Construction Trends: Labor Shortage in the Industry

The “Great Recession” is in our rearview mirror, and the economy — slowly but surely — continues to recover.

Construction — like banking and real estate — was one of the key industries hit hardest by the downturn of 2008, with thousands of workers laid off, and many companies shuttering for good.

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The Crucial Checklist for Commercial Property Preventive Maintenance

Do you have a preventive maintenance checklist?

Whether you own a shopping center, office building, restaurant, or retail store, failing to invest in maintenance now will cost you in the long run.

It’s good practice to perform on-going maintenance on the big items listed below, while not neglecting small repairs either.

As a property owner, you want to do your best to ensure your investment is protected. The best practice  is to get in the habit of performing ongoing maintenance on the big-ticket components listed below (though it’s a good idea to keep up with small repairs too).

Commercial Property Preventive Maintenance
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As a commercial construction general contractor, it’s our job to know not only what equipment needs to be checked and how often, but the difference in construction costs to maintain equipment versus replacing it. Here are some items that need regular reviews to make sure your commercial property is running at optimal performance.

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Commercial Construction: Is it Better to Build, Remodel or Expand?

A good business is one that can grow and change. You hire new people, develop new skills, and invest in innovative technology.

Sometimes that growth means outgrowing your space. After enough time in business, many companies reach a crossroads: Do they remodel, expand, or build something new?

If you’re considering commercial construction in the greater Philadelphia area, it’s a smart idea to educate yourself on the pros and cons of all three options.


New Construction

Let’s say you started your business in the center of your town with two or three employees. Most of your customers were within walking distance.

That was 10 years ago. Now you have 30 employees, your clients come from all over the place, and you’ve decided it’s time for a new home. Here are some benefits and disadvantages of new construction.

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3D Rendering of Residential New Construction – Doylestown, PA

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Choosing the Best Contractor for Your Project

This month we have a special guest blogger! Henry ‘Dutch’ Hempel is a Construction Industry consultant, sought after speaker, and educator who has more than 24 years experience in the construction and design industries. His business background includes ownership and management as well as government contracting. We have personal experience working with Dutch and can’t say enough good things about him and his company!


As a Construction Industry consultant, I am often asked by individuals and companies on the ways to choose the best Contractor for their project.

My simple answer is:

“Choose the Contractor who will give you the best value and not just the lowest price.”

So what’s the difference between value and price?

Value of Construction Consultant in PAI think billionaire Warren Buffet explained it best when he said:

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”

It’s wise to remember that construction is a service with many interdependent steps, not a commodity that is easily shopped using price as the primary means of choice.

The next question people usually ask is:

“How do I measure the value I will get from my builder?”

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Top 3 Reasons to Hire a Construction Manager

If you’re about to take on a construction project, chances are it’s not the only thing on your to-do list. When you have a business to run, hiring a construction manager will allow you to focus on your priorities and leave the rest to the pros. Learn more about the benefits of hiring a manager for your commercial construction project in our latest blog.

1. Cost Savings on Your Construction Project

While you will be paying a fee to a construction manager, it will be well worth the investment as it will more than pay for itself in overall project savings. A construction manager will coordinate with subcontractors and make sure any extras on the project and associated fees are billed at a fair price. Too often customers are unknowingly paying higher profit percentages on extras. A construction manager knows to watch out for these things and will be looking out for your best interest throughout the project.

Construction Manager on the McCafferty Ford Project

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Commercial Renovation Case Study: Doylestown Accounting Office


Turn a dated, cramped, mismatched office space in Doylestown into a beautiful state-of-the-art work environment.


1. Perform construction work while the building was occupied.
2. Fit additional storage into existing office space.
3. Add state of the art equipment for a more functional workspace.

Our customer was looking to update their office space and make it more user friendly. Their space was dated and had mismatched furniture and desks. Souder Brothers got involved from the very beginning of the project with drawing the floor plans, finalizing the space planning, and performing the commercial construction work as a true one-stop shop.

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6 Tips for a Successful Office Renovation

office renovations in PAIf you’ve ever remodeled your home, you know that it can be a stressful time.

Upgrading your office can be just as stressful, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are a few tips for a successful office renovation.

Go in with a plan

Before you start work, make sure you’ve figured out what style you want to embrace. Something modern? Something that adheres to the building’s original look?

Without a clear vision for your style, it will be harder to make decisions as the work progresses. You may even have to undo work you’ve completed as your plan comes together.

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Benefits of Hiring a Consultant for Commercial Construction in PA

commercial construction in PA consultantWhen colleagues in the commercial construction business ask us why they should consider adding the services of a professional consultant onto their payroll, we generally tend to explain the decision like this: Imagine having someone on your team whose role is making sure your job’s contract is adhered to down to the very last letter.

Imagine if that same person, who may be an architect or perhaps an engineer, could be brought in before or during the design stage to consult on everything from site selection and project budgeting to environmental studies and space relationships.

That, my friends, is exactly what a commercial construction consultant does. In fact, when considering whether you might want to hire a consultant for your own PA-based commercial construction company, you might want to think of a consultant as a project manager, because that’s exactly what they do: They manage the project, almost regardless of what it entails.

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Questions to Ask Before Starting a Commercial Fit-Out in PA

commercial fit out in PAAs with any construction project, a commercial fit-out in PA requires you to ask a lot of questions. By asking the right questions before you start, you can avoid some very major pitfalls once work is underway.

Here are some things you should consider before starting a commercial fit-out in PA.

How is the property zoned?

Zoning rules vary from community to community. It’s a good idea to look at the zoning regulations for the community for where you’re building before you build, particularly if the project involves changing the use of a building. You may need approval from the community’s zoning board before you can proceed with the work.

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