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Water Garden Commercial Project

Evening all I've been offered a commercial water garden refurbishment project for a national company. I'm private client based in the pond design construction sector but I'm interested in this line of work for future business development. I appreciate the extra paperwork and certification that I may require but I've been asked to provide potential man hours and costings. I know my private sector pricing structure but unsure about the commercial side. Any advise on how best to approach this and costings would be much appreciated. Thanks Leigh

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  • Hi. The main difference between commercial and private sector work in my view is the payment terms. Most commercial clients will have set payment terms for their contractors and due to the fact they need to verify what has been completed before any payments are made (valuations) there can sometimes be delays.

    You will probably also be subject to tax deductions if your work is on a construction site ( CIS) and retentions.

    My advice is to try and agree fixed payment terms in advance including a deposit. I normally agree a fixed price lump sum for all my projects. This way you know what you will be getting. I then provide a very detailed breakdown of the method and costs so that if the work changes I can try and get extra money for a variation to the work.

    Basically you do need to factor in that if you are working for a commercial client that probably has other trades involved you will need to allow more for delays and expect slower payments.

    I hope this helps. Sorry if it seems negative but I am passing on what I have experienced in the past.

    Good luck

    Dom
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