We’ve all heard the horror stories about construction projects gone wrong. How do projects get to that point? Is it a lack of planning? Poor choice of contractor? Unrealistic expectations? It can be a combination of all of these things. Let us offer some pro tips on how you can avoid having issues during your commercial or residential construction project.
1. Determine your budget – then add at least 10%
Even with the best planning in place, unforeseen issues in construction always arise. How can you plan for something you don’t know about? Set yourself up with a construction contingency for these items. The construction process is a complex one, but by being prepared at the start of a project you can minimize the impact of unexpected items.
2. Communicate with your team
Bi-weekly construction meetings are a great idea for large construction projects. Use these meetings to stay up to date on progress, make yourself aware of any changes to the project or the schedule, and identify any areas of concern. Often construction meetings are held at the jobsite so the owners can do a walk through with the contractor and address any items as needed.
3. Don’t skimp on hiring professionals!
Yes, you need a contractor for your project. You also may need an architect and could probably benefit from the help of an interior designer. Trying to save money by not hiring a design professional will likely end up costing you more in the long run. Paying a professional is well worth the initial investment. You will save yourself frustration, time, and money by thoroughly planning and having a solid foundation to start your construction project on.
There are always going to be things that pop up that you can’t plan for, but there are many more things that you can and should plan for. If you have the right team working with you from the start, project changes (which can cost you time and money) can be kept to a minimum. You are an important part of your own construction team and should make sure you know what’s going on each step of the way. Having your team (contractor, architect, designer) work together from the planning stages will result in a cohesive approach for the most successful project outcome possible.