Developing Plans for Your Construction Project

When you are planning a construction project, it is important to have a project manager that is experienced and knowledgeable about the type of structure you’re building. The project manager should have at least five years’ experience and expertise, so you can be confident in their ability to get the job done well. Project managers should possess a wealth of information on construction management, suppliers, vendors, compliance regulations and the more.

When you seek to hire a general contracting company, begin by getting recommendations from family friends, neighbors, co-workers, or former clients that have used the company. Do your research to be sure your contractor has the necessary licensing and insurance according to the laws of your state. Verify the contractor has legitimate and experienced managers, design engineers, architects, vendors, and motorized equipment and operators.

Five tips to consider before hiring a general contractor: 

• Get recommendations from people who used the company.

• Verify the contractor’s membership in national contracting associations.

• Conduct interviews with the contractor both in person and over the phone.

• Get competing bids from different contractors.

Zoning laws and environmental safety precautions are very important to have confirmed and verified before starting a project. Your contractor should be able to work with within your budget and supply a list of their safety practices. These should comply with all state, federal, and local laws.

Your contractor should supply you with an outline for materials, compliance, liability insurance, precautionary safety measures, the number of employees and vendors they will be using, and any other business-related items that will be included in your project. You should receive a cost estimate for the entire project and a time estimate for project completion. The contractor should be able to tell you how unexpected delays such as weather delays are addressed. Your contractor should give you a complete and itemized detail list every area of your contract, and you should have an advisor to go over it with you to be sure everything is as you expect and agree to for your project. Consulting an attorney or knowledgeable advisor to help guide your decisions is recommended. There are many general contractors available, however, be sure you choose the best contractor you can afford for your project. When speaking with former clients, ask if the project was completed on time, was it within or under budget, was the communication smooth and effective.

Once you have discussed these matters have been discussed and agreed to then you can begin to finalize your contract. A construction project is a big task whether it is a small structure like a home, business, or storage facility, or a large project such as a housing community or office complex. In any case, careful planning is key to a successful project. Confidence in your construction manager is a must to execute your plan. A team meeting with all the project leaders is necessary to be assured everyone agrees with how to build the structure. Effective and thorough communication is an important final element before the first brick begins to lay the foundation.

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