Embarking on a construction project is a massive undertaking and can put huge strains on you both financially and emotionally. That’s why it is so important to be well prepared. This means having a good plan and sticking to it. To make sure you have a good, cost effective, and efficient plan, you should go through it line by line to identify any problems that might arise and make contingency plans, or look for alternative methods to achieve the same goal for less effort and expense.

What is the construction schedule?

Knowing your construction schedule in detail is absolutely critical to making sure your project is will be on time and one budget. Make sure your schedule details when each aspects of the project, such as tiling and cabinetry will be completed, as well as which days each contractor will be on site undertaking their part of the job. Having a clear schedule will enable you to identify delays and deal with any issues as soon as they arise, rather than dealing with a big cost blow-out towards the end of the project.

Choosing the right tools for the job?

Choosing the right tools for the job is critical, for example, using Mabey Hire Trench Shields, which are up to 25 per cent stronger, but weigh on average at least 50 per cent less than common steel shield system alternatives, could save you money. Using these modern trench shield contributes to quicker installation times with lower excavation equipment hire costs (smaller excavators can be used due to the lighter weight), as well as improved site safety for your workforce.

Are these the right people for the job?

Getting the right mix of contractors is critical to ensuring a high quality of workmanship and value for money. Spend the time to get several quotes, but remember, the cheapest quote isn’t always the best. Ask potential contractors about their experience with the job you want them to do and ask them for several references from previous customers who have used them for similar jobs.

How will you communicate?

You need to ensure clear lines of communication between yourself and your builder and other tradesman. Agree on how important information will be communicated, it could be in weekly reports by email, or a regular face to face meeting, or just regular contact by telephone. Make it clear that if decision needs to be made by you that there is an agreed upon method to ensure it is communicated clearly and quickly so the project is not delayed through uncertainty or miscommunication.

What could change?

With every construction project there are always areas that could vary from the plan or unexpected challenges that arise. Make sure you have a method for dealing with these problems. If the plan needs to be altered, work with your builder to redraft that section of the plan and get both of you to sign off on the changes, this way it is clear what has changed and there are no unexpected budget blow-outs or delays.

By considering these five aspects before your construction project begins, you will make sure you are firmly in the driver’s seat and able to keep your project on time and on budget.