[fa icon="calendar"] 06.08.2017 / by Wallace Dostal
If you’ve ever been involved in a commercial construction project, you know just how complicated and expensive these projects can be. Whether you are building a shopping center, corporate office, doctor’s office or any other type of commercial building, you will surely experience some kind of setback along the way. You and your contractor need to learn how to anticipate these setbacks before they occur in order to keep things on track.
Here are some tips to help you plan and meet your construction deadlines:
Agree On Costs From The Start
One of the biggest and most common disagreements between clients and contractors is on - you guessed it - cost and budget. This is also one of the biggest causes for missed construction deadlines, so coming to an agreement early on is essential for any project.
Ask for an estimate from your contractor before agreeing to move forward. Of course, estimates are subject to change, but working out a general budget should be the first step in any contractor relationship. After you have set a budget, have the contractor come out and assess the situation and provide more accurate costs. The two of you should also set up a plan for staying close to budget if your project exceeds costs in a certain area.
Communicating with your contractor early and often is just as important as setting up a budget. Everybody involved in the project needs to know what is happening and what the projected timeline is to avoid delay.
Avoid Last Minute Changes
Both you and your contractor should be clear on all design aspects from the beginning. Details like flooring, roofing and plumbing should all be discussed before construction actually begins. If you do have an issue with design, be sure to communicate with your contractor to develop a solution as soon as possible.
There may be times when you want to change how something looks after seeing it. Just keep in mind that this could cause a significant delay if new drawings and plans need to be created. This is where keeping an open line of communication with your contractor is important.
Hire a Construction Manager
Hiring a project manager to help plan and execute your construction deadline is a great way to ensure your deadlines are met. This is especially true if your project has many different tasks that need to tracked and completed, or when there is potential for deadlines to be pushed back.
Construction managers are knowledgeable and have experience planning, coordinating and communicating plans. Their job is to track progress every step of the way to assure that delays and setbacks are kept to a minimum. They will also be able to monitor building codes and regulations.
Sticking to The Plan
Developing a plan and sticking to it is the best way to avoid setbacks on any commercial construction project. This means agreeing on a budget, defining expectations and communicating with your contractor often. With even minor setbacks costing thousands of dollars in this industry, sticking to your original plan not only saves time, but money too.