How To Avoid Delays During Your Commercial Construction Project
Commercial construction projects are very complex, and even a small setback can lead to major delays. With so many subcontractors, vendors, and other parties involved, there are plenty of moving parts to juggle, and things can change at a moment’s notice. However, there are things you can do to prevent delays during a commercial construction project and keep things on schedule. Here’s what to keep in mind.
1. Make sure everyone is on the same page.
Before you start putting together a schedule, you will need to make sure that all invested parties are on the same page when it comes to your timeline. You’ll also need to make sure that all of your subcontractors are aware of the project specifications so they can plan accordingly. There should be multiple meetings before the project starts to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Open dialogue throughout the entire project can prevent confusion and keep things running smoothly.
2. Vet your subcontractors carefully.
The subcontractors you choose can have a huge effect on your project’s overall success. Because each subcontractor is vital to your progress, an irresponsible subcontractor could potentially set you back weeks. When choosing your subcontractors, make sure to vet them carefully and make sure they have a good track record of safe and productive operations.
3. Build your master schedule.
As a general contractor, you are going to be in charge of building the schedule for the entire project. Your schedule can make or break the construction process, so take the time to put this together thoughtfully. Breaking the project down into smaller steps and outlining the tasks for each step can help make your schedule more accurate. As you are building the schedule, make sure you are in communication with your subcontractors about the timing of each deliverable. The faster you communicate this to them, the faster they can prepare, which helps prevent delays.
4. Create a backup plan.
No matter how carefully you plan ahead, there’s always the chance that something could go wrong on your construction project – and that’s okay. During the initial planning phase of your project, take the time to identify places where you could encounter problems. Come up with some potential solutions for each problem before work starts. This way, if you do encounter any delays, you’ll know exactly what to do to get things moving again.
5. Stay in communication.
The better you can communicate with your stakeholders throughout the project, the less likely you are to have emergency delays. Of course, there are going to be some problems that you can’t avoid, such as weather delays or supply chain issues. However, good communication can do a lot to keep things moving.
At New Horizon Construction Services, we’ve found that these strategies help us stay on top of our commercial construction projects. We are an Orlando-based general contractor with extensive experience in commercial renovations and ground-up projects. Interested in learning more about our services? Give us a call at 407-574-2164 or contact us through our website.