Your Essential Checklist - Commercial

Your commercial property development design and construction checklist

Whether you are new to property development and commercial real estate or experienced it is important to be diligent in research, planning and being thorough for the optimum outcome. Our Essential Checklist makes it easy to understand the elements and processes involved.

While every construction project and development is unique, we have identified some key elements common to all commercial construction projects to help you understand what to expect.

Rest assured at MudgeCorp we can take care of all of this for you, with the exception of deciding what you want to achieve from your development project. After all, it's your vision. We are here to help bring it to life.

Simply click on the 3 Stages below and navigate to each tip within each Stage.

What would you like to develop?

Consider the businesses you would lease/sell the property to. Consider their own demands for the property as you must be able to cater to that market by providing the right location, efficient property management etc.

Common types of commercial real estate are: office buildings/office parks, industrial and warehouse real estate, and retail centres. Within each category consider the standard developments for that type of commercial property that you choose to develop.


Approach and discuss your idea with a builder or builder/s from the very first step.

A lot of the time we wish clients came to us from the beginning as we at MudgeCorp have the expertise and experience to advise and suggest things that you may not think of which can save you a lot of time and money!

Set yourself a good plan

Careful planning before you jump into any type of property development is wise advice! As the saying goes "If you don't plan, you plan to fail".

Do research about the location you have plans to buy property. Ask the locals in the area about its accessibility. It's best to be aware of any problems there may be at the planning stage.


Having a builder involved from the beginning that can provide advice (a service we can offer) provides invaluable input at this stage before any of your plans are set.

Whether your an existing or not yet our customer... or have done work with us in the past we are happy to assist with our advice.

Utilise our 'Inspiration Section' that has many useful links in order to collect as much information as you can.

Secure Finance

Now it's time to secure the financing to develop your commercial real estate. There are various forms of finance such as a business loan, investments by investment companies or private investors, or a combination of both.


Speak with your financial advisors and accountant for advice.

The Location / Zoning

Choose a location that is zoned for commercial development.

You can find out how a lot is zoned by checking with your city's Council zoning and planning division.

Don't forget to ensure the site can accommodate easy access for the traffic that will be attracted by your new development.

Research what other development and infrastructural plans exist for the area. Consider infrustructure developments and roads that may be beneficial to your commercial property. Also be aware that if you are needing to demolish existing commercial real estate on the site you plan to develop - will this have a negative impact on your development from locals?


MudgeCorp is very well informed and well versed at sourcing the zoning details and the suburbs surrounding plans on all of our cur-rent/potential project sites.

Surveying Report

Have the land surveyed by a reputable surveyor who can tell you all of the geographic particulars of the location that affect construction, such as ground quality or existing structures below the topsoil.


We know great surveyors who we can recommend to assist in the inspection of your chosen site.

It is critical that you choose a professional surveyor who can inspect the site from every angle and to the tiniest detail in order to report back with an accurate result.

Purchase your site

Once you are certain your chosen site is zoned for commercial development, the surveyors report allows for the type of construction you want to develop and you have the finance sorted... you can purchase!

Also secure any permits you need to develop commercial real estate. Depending on the location, this can include construction permits, parking permits, and waste removal permits.

Need help?

Contact us on 4324 7371

We can assist with:
- Clarifying what development you want
- Providing advice on the information and research required for achieving success with your development
- Sharing our knowledge on sustainability and our valuable industry contacts
- Guiding you through the whole process,
- Establishing the team and expertise you require for a smooth running project

Already talking to us?

We offer architectural design and drafting services from reputable and award-winning architects.

Going this phase alone?
Make sure you select an architect that you feel comfortable with - someone who can see your vision and is able to design within your budget.


If you decide to employ MudgeCorp at the 'Construction Process' stage only - it is beneficial to introduce us to your architect at the beginning of the design phase to ensure a smooth-flowing process all the way.


How can your site facilitate ideal temperature conditions for optimal year-round internal comfort and lower energy consumption?


At the design phase it is really important to consider orientation for:
- Shading
- Insulation
- Position of windows, skylights etc.


Keep your options open...
Your project manager and architect would ideally have a broad knowledge of various materials, including sustainable and innovative options. That way you will not only be able you will also have the peace of mind knowing materials used will be both earth friendly and energy efficient.


At MudgeCorp we have the experience and knowledge to guide you in the right direction based on our award-winning work using sustainable and innovative materials.

Energy / Water

ENERGY: Sustainable construction won't only save you money and the environment; it can also be tailored to suit your tenants needs.

WATER: Consider...
- Rainwater and storm water management
- indoor/outdoor water use
- Water Drainage


For review of your energy consumption products use this quick checklist:
- Appliances
- Heating and cooling
- Hot water service
- Automation
- Smart metres, displays

Design phase budget

Work with your designer...
to firm up your brief and budget

Design, Plans and Documentation:
The architect will take care of these documents for you and consult with you along the way.


As your Project Managers, our team at MudgeCorp will facilitate communication between all parties to ensure the drafted design matches the final constructed result.

Documentation of design plans

The architect will take care of these documents for you and consult with you along the way.


As your Project Managers, our team at MudgeCorp will facilitate communication between all parties to ensure the drafted design matches the final constructed result.

Development Application Submission (DA)

At the end of the design phase you will need to apply for approval of your development with the local Council. Along with the plans, elevations etc. you will require:
- An Environmental Statement
- Supporting documents and reports (flood report; bush fire report; etc.)
- Water and sewage plan


At MudgeCorp we are well versed in compiling all documntation and coordinating sub-contractors as required to fulfil all the report and documentation requirements for your Development Application. Let us do the hard work for you!

Choosing a Builder

Your choice of builder is just as critical as the designer or architect you choose for your property development.


At MudgeCorp we coordinate both the building works and the construction of your project. As your project manager we supervise and coordinate:
- trades
- product sourcing
- sub-contractors
- quantifying
- delivery of materials
In addition:
- provide quality assurance of the entire process
- are Master Builders Association (MBA) members
- we are trained in sustainability practices and
- are prepared to go that extra step to deliver 'best practice' outcomes.

Things to consider in choosing a builder

See below our checklist of thinge to consider in your builder choice:


- Skills and experience
- Track-record, previous projects
- Environmental practices
- Supervision
- Quality Policy
- Certification
- Suitability of contract
- Sub-contractor policy (for specialised jobs: plumbing, electrics etc.)
- Costing schedules and contingency plans
- Site management during constructiona

Application for Construction Certificate (CC)

You must obtain a CC once you have selected your builder and before you can commence construction.
Components for the CC application include:
- Water approval and any DA requirements (amendments to plans that have been specified in the DA)
- Builders Certificate and details
- Builders Licence and Home Warranty Insurance

Once approved the building can begin.


At MudgeCorp we are able to manage the entire certification process for you, making it efficient and totally pain-free to tick this requirement off your list.

Builders Licence and Credetials

When selecting a builder, look for the 'Master Builders Association' (MBA) and/or the 'housing Industry Association' (HIA) membership logos.


(Membership of the Master Builders Association demonstrates that a company values high standards of integrity, skill and responsibility to its clients).

Master Builders Association

MudgeCorp is a Master Builders Association (MBA) member and have also won multiple awards in the MBA national and state awards.

Rapport - Will you make a good team?

Building your dream home should be an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Choose a building company you have total confidence in to deliver an exceptional result and efficiently manage the process for you.

Don't forget to consider the fact that you will be working with the builder you choose and their team over the entire period of the proiject, so choose a builder you enjoy working with!


If you aspire to achieve the best possible outcome and work with a builder that is courteous, punctual, reliable, knowledgeable and highly skilled - MudgeCorp is your builder!

Don't take our word for it... see what our past clients have said on the 'testimonials page'.

Need Help?

Contact us on 4324 7371

"Thanks for our work to date, the house is looking great and is a delight to live in! Many thanks"

Home Owner - Pymble

"RE: Glenworth Valley, Calga
The builders, MudgeCorp did great justice to the design and implemented their care to attention to detail throughout the building, especially the timber work."

James Cooper – Architect, SANCTUM DESIGN

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