For most construction projects, the construction manager can give you an estimate on the project timeline during the pre-construction phase. Based on a realistic timeline, the commercial construction contractor can draft up a work schedule. Having a close-to-concrete idea of when your construction project will be completed lets one plan for business operations, deliveries, opening days, financing plans, and more. So while it stands to reason that your commercial construction contractor needs to hold up their end of the building responsibilities, there are ways you, as the property owner, can work with them to keep the project on schedule.
Hiring Reputable Contractors
Firstly, be sure to hire a reputable commercial construction contractor with experience and skills suitable for your specific type of commercial project. From retail stores to restaurants to multi-unit dwellings, it makes a massive difference in the timeline for completion when you have the right team that delivers results. To support that goal, find a trusted commercial contracting company with the appropriate qualifications and expertise in your specific project.
Making and Sticking to Decisions
If you’re constantly making changes to project plans like the scope or the building materials, you’ll likely find your construction project going over the original schedule. While you should allow sufficient time into the schedule for unforeseeable setbacks and other adjustments, the best way to stay on schedule is to avoid making changes to the project plans. And again, the best way to avoid making changes is to agree to smart decisions and details during the pre-construction phase. Changing your mind on even arbitrary decisions, like paint color, can cause delays, and even incur extra costs for new materials and additional labor.
Communication with Your Contractor
Working with your commercial construction contractor means you’ll need to be in regular contact with them throughout the process. You should periodically schedule on-site visits to review the progress of construction. Not only will you have a better understanding of the facility, but you can ask questions and make sure your project specifications are being met. When you’re not on-site, maintaining regular communication with the contractor is just as important. If there are issues or an important decision on your part that needs to be made, the contractor should be able to reach you by phone, email, or text to move along with the project.
Work With Encore Construction
As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.
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