Scalable Tactics for Smooth Planning of Any Construction Site. The building, whether it be a new house or an entire office building, can be a huge headache for the purchaser. Not only are there many decisions to be made, but failing to proceed smoothly can lead to costly budget busters.
So here are a few things to consider:
Communicate whether you have your own building crew or are contracting out someone to build your dream house or office building, you can’t just go into a project and say, “I want something really nice.” You must be specific, every step of the way about what you actually want, what you expect to pay when the work should start and finish, and what are the specific benchmarks that indicate quality construction.
Often, your bankers lending process will help with the benchmarks, as most building loans are paid off in stages or benchmarks of completion, but fundamentally, everyone must be on the same wavelength if you expect your construction to go smoothly.
Hire or Outsource?
Hire the best contractor you can It can’t be overemphasized how important it is to have the best contractor possible. Contractors with a great reputation are very much in demand for the simple reason they save people money, in the long run. They minimize delays, are safety conscious, and have extensive experience not only building a quality fabrication but at holding down costs.
Make sure your budget is realistic You will need to work closely with your contractor to assign a realistic budget to your project but make sure to allow at least an extra 10 percent or so for problems. For example, if you are having a 20-story office building erected and your contractor relies heavily on Chinese steel, one trade-war between the United States and China can cause the price of steel to skyrocket, with you footing the bill. At the same time, listen to your contractor’s suggestions as to how to lower your overall bill for construction.
If your construction site needs special equipment like cranes or excavators, your contractor might suggest dry hiring. Rather than subcontracting out for a crane operator and driver or thinking about what is dry hire, your contractor may arrange to have the crane delivered to your construction site and his own trained operators drive and control the equipment. Things such as dry hiring can save you thousands.
Planning Hand in hand with communication, you must have a workable budget agreed with your contractor, know what building and legal permits are required, and have precise building blueprints for your project. And once these factors are put all together, you must stick to them. Once you start building, changing your mind and asking for five bedrooms instead of three will throw the whole project off-kilter, as will costly additional features like deciding you want a glass-walled kitchen.
Making everything legal Nothing will stop a building project in its tracks like problems with legality. If a builder starts excavating and tearing down an existing building but if you don’t have a permit from your local housing authority, it could be weeks before the plans are approved. The same goes for subcontractors.
If a contractor relies on subcontractors to do certain tasks and they don’t have all of their ducks lined up in a row, you could be sitting on the sidelines while the contractor and subcontractors battle it out. Have an attorney review any potential contract with a contractor to be sure all elements of construction are covered before signing any contract. Otherwise, you run the risk of legal headaches later.