According to a recent survey, almost two-thirds of construction projects are affected by delays. Whether your business is focused on a residential or a commercial building site, there’s a fair chance that delays will play a significant role in your process. Indeed, building companies have a bad rep when it comes to punctuality. Clients blame builders for finishing construction projects long after the due date. The truth is that delays are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the construction sector.
Indeed, bad weather can dramatically postpone the progress on an open site, as it increases the risk of injuries, falls, and breakages. Additionally, rain, snow, and heavy wind can affect the delivery supplies, the exposed structure, and day-to-day progression. Construction sites have very few alternatives but to wait for a better day when the weather takes a turn for the worse. However, it would be unfair to blame builders for the rain. But there are manageable situations in which simple changes could save you a lot of time in the long term.
Your clients can’t reach you on site
Your clients need to be able to get in touch smoothly and rapidly during the building process. Indeed, they should be able to inform you of sudden changes of plan, and any other issues that can affect the site. However, getting hold of a builder on a busy location can be tricky. Not everyone carries a phone on-site, and more importantly, not everyone gets to notice the ring in the midst of loud equipment. Therefore, it can be beneficial to have a telephone solution that is adapted to your team. For instance, the addition of a transfer service that can redirect calls to a receptionist terminal is a game-changer. Your clients can always reach someone, even when you’re on a building site.
You do everything by hand
Admittedly, builders have a variety of tools to use. But it doesn’t mean they always use the most suitable tool for the job. For large structures, for instance, it’s not uncommon for builders to pile holes manually for structure poles instead of relying on effective hydro excavation services that could complete the task in no time. Ultimately, you can speed up the construction process significantly by working closely with a team of specialists who can deliver dedicated services. The idea is to work smartly to avoid complications related to manual work.
You go over-budget
At the start of the project, your clients agree on a specific budget. However, the cost can evolve with the project. Indeed, if the building plan changes suddenly, it’s likely to affect your team and work and increase the price. Therefore, it’s essential to work closely with the clients every step of the way. Keep them in the loop as soon as the circumstances change. Additionally, you can keep track of your stocks and supplies to ensure that you don’t increase costs by needing to order more supplies in the middle of the project. Maintaining an open conversation with your clients to let them know how the site is progressing and where additional costs might occur can reduce the risks of delays over the budget.
While the construction sector has a terrible reputation for never finishing a site on time, it’s vital that businesses fight the cliché as much as they can. Preventive measures can not only avoid delays but also restore your reputation.