If you have had problems in the past with finishing your construction projects on time, you are not alone. From the largest of projects to smaller ones, going past the deadline for completion is actually quite common. Unfortunately, these delays usually result in additional costs and inconveniences for clients, which can impact your bottom line. If you want to start meeting your deadlines and having satisfied clients, here are four ways to help your construction projects finish on time.
Before the first nail gets hammered, thoroughly read the contract so that you understand each and every detail of what is expected of you and your company. If you fail to do so and then questions arise in the middle of your project, expect significant delays. If necessary, meet with your client to make sure you understand their expectations, while also making sure they have realistic goals for the project’s completion.
Once you are clear about the contract, order the equipment and materials you will need as soon as possible. Since there will be tremendous amounts of materials and other items that will need to be removed from the site on a regular basis, include garbage trucks in your list of equipment that will be necessary for the project.
If there is one thing that can severely delay the completion of a construction project, it is when workers accidentally damage underground electrical lines, gas pipes, and water mains. When these situations occur, you can often expect weeks of delays to follow. Therefore, always locate the various services and utilities on your site before starting work, and make sure they are clearly marked.
Should you begin a construction project without first obtaining the necessary permits and insurance, you are setting yourself up for failure on several fronts. Along with the delays that will take place while work stops to let you get the permits and insurance, you may also be setting up you and your company for a potential lawsuit. Should a worker or other person be injured or property damage take place during this time, you could face large fines and much more.
By being able to complete construction projects on time and within the established budget, you and your company will gain an industry-wide reputation as one that does quality work and takes care of the details.
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