When it comes to residential construction, like any construction jobs, things can go wrong or delay the process along the way. There are some common things that are worth avoiding when it comes to residential construction jobs that are worth knowing for any of those that are in this area of trade. Here are three things to avoid when planning a residential construction job.
Don’t Be Too Optimistic In Your Timeline
When it comes to your residential construction job, it can be a great thing to be positive about the overall process. Having an optimistic attitude is important both in the pre-construction stages and throughout. However, it’s also necessary to retain that realistic attitude as well because things are likely to go wrong. You may want the best-case scenario, but that’s not always going to be the outcome. It’s imperative that all suppliers and those you collaborate with, have enough time to do their work or supply the materials requested within a reasonable time. You don’t want to rush the work or risk causing further delays.
In order to avoid any delays, you need to be accommodating for everyone that’s involved in the process. Make sure the construction job is one that comprehensive and collaborative from the start to end. Your original schedule might always not go to plan, and so it’s best to approach your timeline as the materials SHOULD arrive at this time or one area of the project SHOULD be completed by this point. It gives you wiggle room where you might need it.
Planning out a timeline is good though so try and figure out loosely where you want certain milestones to be achieved. Some may get reached in time, whilst others may be slightly behind or ahead. Be open to some flexibility in the project timeline and that things might chop and change where necessary.
Make Sure To Have Someone In A Management Role On Site
When you have more than one or two people working on a construction site, it’s important to have someone who can lead the work being done. There can be lulls in the day where you might find people will slack whilst on the job. You may also have others who lack the motivation or the direction in certain areas of the work. That’s why it’s always important to have a managerial role on site at all times to make sure that the work is getting done and that there are no delays.
A manager can help move things along when they might be moving at a snail’s pace. Not only that but some staff do like to be given directions, rather than working on their own and being given the responsibility to get the work done with supervision. Make sure you look at your workforce to see who might need a little encouragment and who you trust to handle most of their own work by themselves.
Find someone you can trust and who is skilled within a supervisor or management role. Whether that’s you or someone on your team who is good at managing the rest of the employees on site.
Don’t Rush Those Important Decisions
There are going to be some important decisions that will need making when it comes to construction, and it isn’t something that you want to rush. At the same time, though, you don’t want to put off making these important decisions for two long or push them down further on the to-do list. With that being said, make sure you’re making decisions when needed to avoid the ripple effects that avoiding the issue or problems you’re faced with, can cause to other areas of the project.
If there are some pretty substantial or influential decisions that need to be made, then make sure you’re taking a little bit of time to think things through. As much as it can be necessary to be quick with your decisions, you don’t want to decide on something that could in fact do more harm than good to your construction progress. Talk it through with the client or anyone you’re working and collaborating with. Come to the appropriate agreement and put these decisions into action as soon as you can.
Any residential construction job can take a lot of careful planning, and even then, things can go wrong. Whether you’re battling with the elements aka the weather, or there are delays with collaborators like suppliers or workers, it’s part and parcel of the job. Use these tips though to get the best out of the project.