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Are you considering a building project in Texas? You have plenty of reasons to do so. The industry is growing at a steady rate, with 14,200 more workers in 2017 than in 2016. Still, you have a lot to keep in mind about building in the Lone Star State. Here are three factors to consider when building in Texas.
The type of license you’ll need depends on the job. For instance, a general contractor has different rules than an industrial contractor. The Texas state government has tried to make getting the right license simple to help the state construction industry grow faster. Depending on the project, a general contractor may only need to sign a letter of understanding about local building laws and codes.
For specific jobs, you’ll have certain criteria to meet. Notarized forms are normal. You’ll also have fees for most of the items you file. Texas charges fees for many building documents. The other thing to keep in mind is insurance. Some cities in Texas, such as San Antonio, need a Certificate of Liability Insurance to prove that your company has coverage for property damage or employee injuries.
Similarly, OSHA has local, state and federal regulations involving the use of aerial equipment. You must follow equipment design standards and safe work practices. Other considerations include electrical system testings, fall protection, and welding work. OSHA also regulates safety factors for hydraulic and pneumatic parts.
If you’re unsure about the forms you’ll need, remember that you can take specialized classes to learn more. Several experts offer training classes on these topics. Since locals teach the classes, they’ll have familiarity with all the licenses you’ll need to begin your build.
When you have the plans finished, you need to choose the land where you’ll perform the build. The type of soil matters. It determines the type of equipment you’ll use for the project. In Southeastern Texas, the soil is wet and dense in some area and in others, it’s flaky and dry. You’ll have more trouble building a foundation here and must choose a machine that compacts from the bottom up. A Sheepsfoot Compactor works nicely in this region.
The Houston and San Antonio areas have plenty of vertisols. This soil cracks in dry weather. A Tamping Foot Compactor works well, especially for larger building projects. In choosing equipment, you must mix your business needs with the realities of the region where you plan to build. Whether you need boom lifts, forklifts, manlifts, or scissor lifts, the aerial equipment that you rent will depend on the soil.
A new build is expensive. Your company needs to choose the best place to have an easy build. You’ll go over budget if you face project delays or problems with the land.
To plot the safest course for your project, think about possible build sites. Cities in a growth phase have a track record of success. You should choose one of these regions if you can.
In Texas, Fort Worth is the fastest-growing city according to 25-year projections. Dallas is ranked fourth, a strong sign that this region is a safe place to build. The other three Texas cities with great growth are Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. While you could save money on construction costs and government taxes in smaller cities, these five locations are the safest bets for construction.
Texas is growing at a fast rate, so you’re right to build in the state. Just keep the suggestions above in mind as you plan your build. You’ll have a great chance at success!