Project success isn’t just about avoiding failure, but also delivering high quality results. So even when you manage to meet the deadline, if the outcome is subpar, the entire project is still unsatisfactory. This is especially true in construction projects where mistakes can mean blowing off a lot of money.
So, How do you ensure project success?
Avoid common pitfalls
The phrase “the devil is in the details” has never been truer in any project. One wrong move, one miscalculation can lead to a major fallout. This is why, from the outset, every aspect of a construction project must be taken into account and listed down, complete with a timeframe and all pertinent details. When this is done, you can avoid the following pitfalls:
An unrealistic project time frame
Some projects take longer to complete than others. Be completely honest about this, rather than overextending yourself just to be awarded the project. Save yourself from unnecessary stress, and your reputation from being tarnished.
Dragging the planning stage
Don’t waste time consulting with planners before creating and submitting plans. The longer you delay, the longer it will take for the project to complete.
A good budget for a project should have around 10% contingency fund. Make sure you have expenses down pat, and then add the 10% for good measure. The last thing you want is the lack of budget to put the project on hold indefinitely.
Don’t let indecisions get in the way
There should always be room for adjustments in any project, but mostly minor ones. If changing your mind can mean a major overhaul, then you’ll never complete anything on time.
Working with the wrong tradesmen
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why working with the wrong people can result in an unsuccessful project. The lack of skills and knowledge, however, is just half of the problem. A skilled worker’s attitude and level of cooperation also matters. Make sure that the tradesmen you work with share your visions and passion for getting the job done.
Failing to keep things running smoothly
Creating a plan should cover every aspect of the project, including the ground rules and house rules. This would help ensure a project is completed on time with as minimal fuss as possible. It should follow a per-stage progress, where one level is finished before the next one is started, and all within the set time frame.
You should also take into consideration the amount of stress the project will impose on your clients. This is especially true with a home renovation where the family continues to reside while the project is underway.
Failing to provide the essentials in home construction
A bathroom is an essential part of any home, and should always be top on the list. For every three bedrooms there should be one bathroom. The design of the windows also matter. This is especially true if you are extending a home, where the original and the new construction should match to a T, and appear a seamless extension. So make sure the window design is an exact match.
Most importantly, the construction site must have access to water and electricity, and are kept clean through regular skip hire. Don’t forget to regularly communicate with builders to stay updated with the project.