Planning: Your Ticket To Profits
If you are planning an addition to a current facility or building a new facility, this guide is for you. It is designed to help you decide about:
- The right amount of space for your shop
- The best way to lay it out
- The right equipment
This is your tool to help you plan your collision shop. Sample layouts, equipment lists, a planning grid and templates are all available for your use. But it’s impossible to cover every detail, so if you need special help or have a question, contact your Global Finishing Solutions representative for assistance. We want to help you plan your shop right the first time, so you can realize the maximum profit and production from your investment.
Choosing an Architect and General Contractor
Planning an efficient collision shop calls for teamwork. When you’re looking for an architect or contractor, look for the ones that already have experience in body shop design and construction. The right architect will be able to listen to you and give you the best design for your needs, and know about all the local building codes and regulations that could affect you.
Architects are important because you just can’t take an old garage or warehouse, paint your name on it and call it a body shop anymore. Remember that potential customers see the outside of your building first, so it should look just as attractive as any professional building.
Discuss your total space needs with your architect. That means space you need now and space you’ll need as your business grows. Planning now for additional growth will save you money on future additions later. You should also talk to all the equipment suppliers you’re considering and have your architect talk to them also. Their representative can help you more if they are involved in the early stages of the planning process. These suppliers, including Global Finishing Solutions, can help you choose the proper equipment and plan for the best use of your space. An architect who has this expert knowledge can more easily design the building that fits your budget and does the job you want it to.
When you choose a contractor keep a few things in mind:
- Make sure the contractor has a good reputation. Check his references, and ask about his ability to complete a job right and on time.
- Make sure the contractor has a performance bond and payment bond. A performance bond guarantees the job will be completed at the agreed upon price, whether the contractor finishes it himself or not. A payment bond is your insurance that the contractor can pay his sub-contractors during construction.
- If the contractor uses sub-contractors, make sure that he coordinates them, not you. That’s what you’re paying him for.
Along with your architect, it will help to get your contractor involved during the design stage. He or she has experience that can help you. So use it — keep them both involved from the beginning.