Running a successful construction project is all about communication and being organised. Just a little planning can go a long way and will help you to achieve your goals within the timeframes required. The suggestions for running a successful project might seem simple, but these key things can save you from the unnecessary stress and hassle of projects going over budget and running overtime.
Have a Plan
As with any successful job, you need to have a plan for the construction project. The plan needs to be laid out and everyone who will be working on the job needs to know it. Meetings are essential and going over the details can make all the difference to a smooth operation or a problematic one. If you go over everything you stand a much better chance of everyone involved understanding what’s expected of them. Make sure you know who the project managers are for each part of the project and who they work for. Knowing who to call when you need answers is important.
Keep Open Communication
Each person on the job is going to be doing something different. You need to make sure there is an open line of communication not only to you but between all of the people that are working at all times. This is important for both safety and efficiency. If you are aware of everyone’s roles and what’s supposed to be happening at every turn of the project then you can make sure everything is flowing and on schedule. This type of communication will also let you know immediately if there is a problem or if the plan needs to change – and in the case that it does you will be able to manage it effectively. Keeping an up to date log book is also essential. There will be logs you need to keep to show the progress of your project, so don’t leave anything out.
Know the Costs
You need to know what each company is getting paid and what the stipulations are. You will have an inspector there to tell you what is and isn’t up to code. You will want to know how much you are paying for materials and labour. This is important so that the whole project doesn’t have to stop while you sort out a payment negotiation with someone refusing to finish their part of the job over a rate dispute. Save yourself the headache by having it all laid out ahead of time and making sure all parties are aware of the costs involved.
There will always be things that you can’t prepare for but having a plan and knowing the rules and regulations ahead of time will help you run a smooth and successful construction project.