- Posted by Tech 24 Construction
You wouldn’t search the internet for “how to build your home” and then begin the process alone. Similar to your home, no other construction projects should be done alone, either. Whether you’re hiring someone to work on a project for you or you’re the contractor seeking planning tips and tricks, it is vital to create a pre-construction plan for a successful project.
1. Gather Your Team
The first step to a successful construction project is to find a construction team with a great reputation. Finding the right team goes beyond the people you hire to help you do the hard labor. A successful project may include a well-rounded team of engineers, builders, and contractors. Despite who you hire every person or company on the project should have a solid history of responsibility. Clients expect experience, knowledge, and professionalism.
2. Know What “Complete” Means
Everybody has a different idea of what “complete” means, so it’s important to outline these parameters in the contract. Regardless of the definition, the contract should include information about the project’s timeline and budget, including what steps to take if things go over budget or become delayed. Expectations from the client must be discussed in the first meeting to prevent misunderstandings.
3. Communicate Often
Whether working on commercial or personal projects, communication is vital in the planning stage and throughout construction. It’s important that you should include a section regarding communication in your contracts that will detail how often the client, contractors, or construction company will be in contact and when in-person meetings will occur. Remember to keep detailed records. Consider a project management software for this.
4. Draw Up a Business Strategy
Construction projects must be detailed and organized by construction phases to ensure no important safety or legal guidelines are overlooked. Your first meeting with your team should involve creating a solid business strategy that details what needs to be done and in which order. Remember, the more complex the project is, the more time it will take to plan.
5. Anticipate Changes
No matter how well a project is planned, something becoming delayed or going over the budget is common. Anticipate as many of these issues as you can so that you can get ahead of the problem and have a fix or a “Plan B” in place. Once construction starts, you’ll need to monitor the project closely to ensure everything stays on track and adjust budgets and schedules as necessary.
6. Complete Contracts and Begin Work
Once the entire project has a solid plan and it is time to begin work, any unfinished contracts should be signed. The best idea is to have a final in-person meeting that allows for the answering of any last-minute questions or concerns.