4 tips to keep your construction project on track
One of the main reasons behind project costs out of control is the inability to complete it on time. If you want your project to stay within budget, you need to make sure it stays on schedule. However, due to the many moving parts and inevitable surprises along the way, it is very difficult to ensure that the project is on the right track. But this is not impossible. There are a few tricks project managers can use to avoid unnecessary delays. We’ve covered it below. Whether you are a construction contractor working on an important project, real estate investor, or master developer, we found 4 tips that will help you understand how the best professionals in this business keep their projects on track and also increase profits while doing so.
Reducing construction obstacles and delays
There are two main problems that may prevent the project from completing on time: obstacles and delays. Expert contractors know how to spot and address each of these issues. Construction delay occurs when things don’t go according to plan. Since construction is mostly serial, the delay is often inevitable. For example, according to the plan, concrete was supposed to be poured in three days, but eventually, it rains. So the project will now have to be delayed by three days and the contractor will have to reschedule the tasks. Delays can also occur when subcontractors do not show up on time or when material delivery is delayed.
On the other hand, blockers are the tasks that must be completed before other tasks start. For example, according to the schedule, bricks for your building had to be laid on a certain date, but you cannot begin this work until the foundation is poured. Therefore, careful planning is very important if you want to avoid being late. Barriers must be identified early to prevent them from being an obstacle to project progress.
You have a detailed project plan
When it comes to keeping a project on track, nothing is more important than having a comprehensive project plan to follow. A good project plan that can be easily updated as the project progresses provides an overview of the project and allows managers to identify potential problems in time and solve them before they turn into costly delays. Many contractors start working on projects of various sizes without having a clear schedule and final drawings, or before contacting important subcontractors. This is a big mistake. Your plan should be comprehensive. It must include all the details required to finish the project.
Define clear roles and responsibilities
Commercial construction projects include many contractors, subcontractors, workers, managers, and other employees. If you fail to define the exact responsibilities of each party, this can lead to critical project tasks being ignored which in turn leads to significant project delays. Therefore, you must clearly assign roles and responsibilities to each party involved. Establishing accountability is an important part of an effective project plan. Also, make sure to focus not only on the task that needs to be completed but also on who will be responsible for doing it and when.
Establish a clear communication channel between the parties
Sometimes, minor problems can turn into big delays due to a lack of communication between the parties. When an unexpected problem occurs on the job site, it is important for project managers to have a direct line with their team and have easy access to all stakeholders for consultation. You should discover the problem, evaluate it, and communicate it to all stakeholders in a timely manner and get everyone involved to find a solution as soon as possible.