If you're tackling a commercial construction project this year, you want to avoid as many problems as possible. One way to avoid some of the potential pitfalls is to plan ahead. Planning ahead can help you alleviate some of the issues that can lead to delays. Here are four tips that will help you plan for a problem-free commercial construction project.
Double-Check on the Appropriate Permits
When it comes to undertaking a commercial construction project, it's crucial that you obtain the appropriate permits. Failure to obtain the right permits could cause your construction project to come to a grinding halt, which can pose additional problems for you. To avoid the pitfalls, double-check the permit status before construction begins on your project. If your contractor has taken the lead on the permit applications, ask them for updates on status. That way you're both on the same page regarding the permits.
Insist on Schedule with Tentative Completion Date
While your project is in the planning stage, and before you sign the initial contract, insist on a schedule that contains a tentative completion date. Without the tentative completion date, you have no way of knowing if the project is on track for completion, which can cause unnecessary delays. Your contractor should be able to provide you with an expected date for completion that you can track.
Include Additional Time for Potential Delays and Problems
When you're planning your project, be sure to include additional time for potential delays and problems. This is particularly important when planning a winter construction project. You never know when inclement weather is going to slow down the construction process — or cause it to come to a complete standstill for a few days. To accommodate those potential delays, give yourself some extra time when planning your project. For instance, if you need your project completed by a specific date, plan for construction to begin several weeks earlier than anticipated. The additional time will give your contractor the padding they need to adjust for the weather.
Maintain Communication with Your Contractor
Once your project begins, you may think that you can back off on the client/contractor communication. However, that's not actually the case. In fact, you want to increase the communication once the project gets underway. Maintaining communication with your contractor will allow you to address issues as soon as they arise. The communication will also ensure that you're able to discuss potential changes that you might be considering along the way.
For more information, contact a local commercial construction company.