Commercial construction can feel overwhelming when you start to try to break down each of the steps that go into the process.
- First, find a construction company that has a good reputation for being able to work with you, not just for you. This will also go a long way towards making sure that future projects can have a solid start thanks to already knowing your contractor.
- A good contractor will be a solid communicator as well. That communication can eliminate cost overruns and lead to a more smoothly run project. You will be better able to build up some trust along the way as well.
- That also leads to you making sure you ask questions when you need an answer or you come across something that is not clear. Address concerns as they arise so the problem can be resolved and the project can stay on track instead of getting derailed, or the problem getting worse further down the road.
- Dig into the past on the contractor you are planning to select. You will want one that is capable of doing the job you need and doing it well. Many states have the ability for you to check their construction contractor’s license, which will tell you if the company has any liens against them as well as how long they have been in business.
- Before looking at any subcontractors, hire a good general contractor. It can be easy to take bids in the order received, but unless you have a captain for your ship, you can’t sail very far. The same is true of a construction project. You need that leader in place first.
- Define your project’s goals clearly so everyone involved understands their roles and what part they play in the project’s success. It never hurts to have a meeting to clearly outline each subcontractor’s role and responsibility.
- Though you have your blueprints and project plan, it still is a good idea to brainstorm together. It helps everyone understand what the deliverables will be as the project goes along, and the subcontractors who deal with this type of work day in and day out will be best able to spot any potential issues before they become an actual problem. Their knowledge is one of your strongest assets.
- Once you all have met and decided on the final plans and the construction timeline, break everything down into manageable stages with regular check-in times. Markdown the milestones that are the highest priority and ensure everyone knows which ones they are. All of you will be working on your aspects of the project and you don’t want anything to get lost. You will all know which of the tasks are the most time-consuming, too, so everyone will be able to keep them in mind and not panic trying to get them completed.
- Use technology to your advantage by downloading some of the new construction project management apps. They are designed to help you keep in touch and be on top of your project no matter where you are.
We hope these top tips will give you the advantage you need to be successful. Best wishes for a construction project well done!