Things to Consider Before Starting a Commercial Construction Project
There is a lot of things that have to fall in place right in order to get any commercial construction project done and that is why it is so important to lay the groundwork for the job before even starting the project. You will have to make sure you have certain things in order so that not only the job starts on time and commences smoothly but to also make sure it stays that way throughout the entire project. Here is a list of things you should do before starting that big construction project.
Check the Paperwork
The first thing you need to do is check that the all-important paperwork is in order and all the details are correct. Make sure the contracts have been signed by all the required parties and each of those parties are clear on what they have to do. It is important to make sure all the building permits have been taken out and to double check plans just to be sure everything meets code before starting the project.
Make Sure Your Financing is All Set
There is not much point in starting a construction job if your financing that will carry it through to each draw is not in place. You will also need to have a reserve for unexpected costs that may occur during the project; these types of things can and do happen during the construction phase of the project. So double check all your financing is in place before starting to build.
Meet with the Subcontractors
It is a great idea to have a meeting with all your subcontractors before the building starts to make sure each one knows what their responsibilities to the project are and to discuss with their fellow subcontractors how they will coordinate their particular jobs. Have some pizza, soda and beer on hand and make it into a happy and informal get together that is well attended.
Touch Base with Suppliers
You can’t very well build a commercial project without the materials you need on hand. A quick phone call to your suppliers is always a good idea before starting the project. This will enable you to make sure you will have the supplies when you need them and you can double check that all the orders are correct.
There are a lot of little things that need to be done before starting any construction project. Things like ordering portable toilets might not seem like a big deal but see what type of attitude your employees work with if you forget to order it and have it on the job the first day. The construction site must also have a “dig safe” inspection so there are not any unmarked underground power or gas lines that can cause an unfortunate accident. There are a lot of intangibles that need to be completed before the project can start.
As with anything there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than expected even just to get a project off the ground. Being thorough before the job starts is the best way for all the commercial construction companies to keep their projects going smoothly and running on schedule.