The only determining factor on how successful your building construction project goes lies in finding the right construction contractor. As such, it is imperative that you put everything else on hold and accord the process of finding a construction contractor as much thought and attention as you possibly could. It doesn’t matter how big or small, thereof, your construction project is, you must work with the best. The least you should get is a top rated service provider that has a good reputation and great experience in construction. Assuming you have done all due diligence and have found the best construction contractor, how do you ensure smooth operation?
Working with a construction contractor takes a lot of diligence and effort to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. How about you start by working on yourself to ensure you are the best client to the construction team. It is important that you make the construction team enjoy working with and for you. The last thing you would want is to lose your cool here and start abusing everyone as you get petty on minute details. Be friendly, accommodative and decisive and more importantly ensure you hold your end of the bargain. This is especially true when it comes to prompt payments during the agreeing points in the project cycle.
The other critical step to the success of your project is to establish a good line of communication. This you do well in advance before the project commences whereby you agree on the most appropriate form of communication for both parties. Some options include having specific days of the week for onsite evaluation of job progress. It could also be agreeing with the project foreman on the most convenient time of the day to call for the daily project update. You also have to keep a project journal which you will use to jot down ideas to be communicated, note all the things you wish to ask the contractor, note upcoming dates of delivery and also record progress. This way, you will be able to have clear communication with records of what was said, by who, and when which may act as proof when disputes arise and need to be ironed out for smooth running of the project.
It is also important that any changes to be made once the project commences are done in writing. No doubt every competent contractor shouldn’t have a problem implementing any changes that may arise along the way. Once that is done, all parties have to append their signatures for future reference.