Starting a marina project is a challenging, demanding, and exciting experience. It’s a massive project where experts work together to ensure a safe and seamless result. Today, we live in a world where marina projects are continuously rising. Because of this, many marina builder companies are slowly becoming in demand.
If you’re planning to start a marina project, you’re probably looking for a marina builder company. One that is reputable and professional to deliver your project to life and exceed your expectations. Since a marina project is a big deal for most clients, finding a team of experts who can assist you in every project phase is critical.
And so, you must be wise when deciding which company to choose. After all, this is unlike any typical project. Working with a marina builder with a proven record of expertise can benefit you threefold. That’s why you must look into some crucial details about a company before signing a deal.
Here are five crucial things to look for in a marina builder company before starting a project.
1. Its experience in the marina industry
Since many marina builder companies are now rising, it can be confusing which company to choose. Most of the time, every company is likely to advertise itself as the best in the industry. How can we tell which marina builder is the best if that were the case?
First, you must look into the experience of the marina builder company. You can start by familiarising yourself with their company’s history. Get to know how they started, how long they’re operating, and what they’re known for the most.
After you acquaint yourself with their history, you must also research to check if what they’re claiming is true. You must look into some of the companies or clients that they claim to work with in the past. Check if the floating pontoon projects on their website are still existing today. Since we now live in a world where people can now alter anything, you owe yourself some research and check if the ‘facts’ you’re seeing are what they seem.
2. The rates and inclusions of their marina services
Typically, the more the company has experience in the industry, its rates are often more expensive. But since many new emerging marina builder businesses claim to offer better services than reputable companies, rates may now often vary. So, how do you know if a company’s pricing is reasonable or not?
First, I suggest talking to people or companies who have a marina property. Ask them how much it is usually to construct a floating pontoon or dock. Now, keep in mind that we’re just giving examples here. If your project is largescale such as a floating restaurant, then you probably need an expert to do this research.
After you talk with other marina property owners, it’s time to compare the rates of different companies to the rates the owners shared with you. If you think a rate is being too unreasonable, I suggest asking if there are any inclusions. You might also want to ask about their expert fees. That way, you get to have an estimate of their service fees.
Talks about rates and money can be shying. But, keep in mind that this marina project is critical. So, don’t hesitate to ask questions about their rates if anything is unclear to you.
3. The timetable of their project completion
Once you finish analysing their prices, it’s time to ask about their timetable for project completion. Likely, you and your team have the desired date for completion. You also likely have plans for when you plan to use the project and hand it over to your client if that’s your case. And so, working with a marina builder company with a fast turnaround time is a must.
At this point, the marina builder already has an idea about your project. As a potential client, you can ask them for a sample of their timetable for your project. If you can see that their turnaround time is efficient and ideal, that’s an advantage for them. I also suggest asking about their previous projects and how long they were able to finish them.
Of course, minor changes and delays are inevitable during actual construction. But, going for a company closest to meeting your deadlines is a great advantage.
4. How they manage project delays and changes
Another factor you must look into is how they manage project delays and changes. Knowing their timetable is an advantage, but it’s also critical to understand how flexible they are to delays and sudden changes. If the marina project that you’re handling is for a client, expect that delays and changes are inevitable.
Working with a marina builder that can compromise with delays or changes is a must. But, keep in mind that you should not abuse this. Don’t expect them to adjust to your small changes immediately. We’re pointing out critical revisions that the client requests and sudden delays affecting the project.
Discuss this point with a marina builder company and ask how often they experience delays and changes and how they deal with them.
5. Lastly, are they correcting or suggesting a better design for your project?
My last point is a matter of professionalism that you’ll see in a marina builder company. Once you share your project plan and they’re not suggesting other alternatives that could improve your project, maybe this is a factor you should think twice before finalising the contract.
Even though a group of experts has made your plan, there is still room for suggestions to improve it. A reliable marina builder company would be happy to recommend realistic recommendations on your plan’s mishaps to make it better.
But of course, there’s a limit to that. If the suggestions could alter the project too much, that’s not a good sign. On the other hand, if their recommendations direct towards better project longevity and quality, that’s a company you can work with confidently.
If the answers to these points work with your plans, maybe you have found the right company to work with your project.
As you look for a marina builder company to work with your marina project, I hope you take the time to review these five points. Hopefully, these will come in handy in choosing which company to work with for your marina project.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Walcon Marine Australia; a veteran in designing, manufacturing, supplying & installing quality floating marina systems for commercial and residential applications representing the Asia Pacific region.