The Advantages of Choosing a Local Construction Firm for Your Building Project

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Finding the right construction company for your build or remodel can take quite a lot of research. From aligning schedules to ensuring they’re on the same page about your design needs, there’s a lot to consider.

The good news is that there are ways to narrow down your search from the start. It’s often just a case of starting locally.

Especially in areas such as New York and New Jersey, there are several advantages to choosing a local construction firm. From having a vested interest in local building codes to working on similar projects, a local construction company might just have everything your build needs.

To give you a deeper understanding of why hiring a local construction company might be a great option for you, our team is here with their insights. 

Let’s jump in.

1. Familiarity with local building codes and processes

Even though every reputable construction company will be familiar with building codes and regulations, it can be difficult to keep up with the specifications of each state or municipality. While a non-local construction company will still be able to research requirements, it is generally accepted that a local firm will have a better grasp on local building codes, the local economy, and the overall building landscape in your area.

For well-established construction companies in areas like New York and Jersey, they’ll already be familiar with zoning permissions and requirements set out by relevant authorities within your local community. In many cases, local contractors can even expand your design concept while naturally staying within the parameters of planning guidelines — saving you time and money.

Local construction firms also tend to have a pre-existing network of local suppliers and contacts. From establishing relationships with local key figures to knowing where to find skilled workers for your site, the support you’ll receive from a local firm is naturally elevated.

Tip: During the NY or NJ building permit process, having an architect with experience in your local area is particularly beneficial. Not only will this help ensure your documentation and drawings are in order, it can also make it easier to manage permit amendments and resubmissions.

2. Easier to research

Finding the right project delivery team can be time-consuming for many project owners. This is why finding the best fit for your construction project early can make all the difference. With even just a small head starts on the construction process, you can focus on enhancing the quality of your build and getting more from your hard-earned money.

While most construction companies will claim to be able to meet your design brief and streamline the building process, the skills of local suppliers will be much easier to research and verify.

From residential homes to commercial developments, you might already be familiar with the work of a great architecture and development team in your area — you just don’t know it yet!

With local construction companies, it can be easier to:

  • Verify their credentials at local level
  • View past projects in person
  • Benefit from local word of mouth and direct referrals (instead of just online reviews!)
  • Investigate their knowledge of local regulations
  • Receive a more personalized experience with face-to-face communication 

3. Knowledge of local risks and structural requirements 

Working in areas such as New York and New Jersey, we understand the importance of local knowledge when mitigating project risks. Even when applying the right building techniques, the soundness of your structure can be significantly improved by a delivery team that is familiar with the challenges posed by your local environment.

For example, local contractors in NY or NJ will be more aware of risks associated with:

  • Local climate/temperatures
  • Flooding
  • Land quality
  • Noise and air pollution
  • Security needs
  • Local community planning proposals
  • How certain materials will work in your local environment long-term

Tip: If opting for a local construction company and builders, it’s always good to consider a full-service firm that can provide other multidisciplinary services. With additional skills such as architecture and on-site management, your residential or commercial construction project will benefit from an even more comprehensive ‘local approach’.

4. Improved site management and streamlined processes

Following on from the previous point, it’s important to note that good communication is integral to all successful building projects. From the architectural design phase to managing contractors on your building site, communication is vital during all design and development phases.

With local contractors supporting your build, it’s natural for your responsibility as a project owner to feel less stressful. Generally, this is because if you select a local project manager, you’ll benefit from them visiting your site more frequently.

Even during the building permit application process, having a team to call upon in your local area means having a level of presence that firms further afield can’t offer. From cost savings to a more strategic application of skills, the people you need to create the vision you want are always easier to instruct when they’re close by or even on hand to talk face-to-face.

So, whether you’re building a luxury home or are investing in a commercial development, utilizing the services of local suppliers improves your chances of more immediate site inspections and can ensure your project stays on track and within budget.

Tip: If choosing a full-service construction company, it might even be possible to avail of complete site management services. Not only will this offer additional protection during your build, it’ll also help reduce the level of logistical headaches you need to deal with as project owner.

Why Argo Construction & Development is the perfect choice for your NY or NJ building project

With over 20 years of construction and development expertise, our team of architects and construction professionals can deliver the residential or commercial project you’ve always dreamed of. As a local company with teams serving the New York and New Jersey areas, we like to ensure the projects we work on are led by the right people.

As an ‘all-in-one’ construction firm, we offer services in everything from architectural design and development to assisting with land purchasing and construction. From luxury homes to development projects, our team is well-versed in local building codes across the five boroughs and beyond.
Ready to see what our team can do for you? In the New York and New Jersey areas, we like building relationships with clients who want to see what design excellence looks like for them. Is your project our next design challenge? Get in touch with us today to find out.

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