A lot of things can go wrong during a construction project. For example, the project could go over-budget, the subcontractors could abandon the project, the quality of work could be sub-par, the building could fail city inspections…should we go on? Basically, anything can go wrong when a large scale construction project is happening. The last thing any building owner wants is to get half way through their new construction project only to discover a slew of issues.
However, there are ways to prevent these sorts of issues, oversights, and disasters during a project. The number one way to do this is to hire a great general contractor. He or she will always be vigilant and will be sure to adhere to the following steps when it comes to avoiding issues during a construction project:
They establish an airtight contract between all parties. The general contractor is responsible for creating a contract that will protect both themselves and the building owner in case of disaster. It will state who is responsible for what, how long the project is expected to last, the scope of the project, and how much it is going to cost. It should also state how potential problems will be handled. A contract ensures that all parties – the owner, the general contractor, and the subcontractors – know their role in the project. If everyone is on the same page from the very beginning, a project can be expected to run much more smoothly.
They inform all parties of potential change orders. Let’s face it – things can change during a construction project, especially if the project lasts several months (which many of ours at Panhandle Steel Buildings do). Sometimes, the owner realizes that he needs more space than originally thought, sometimes nature gets in the way, and sometimes engineering changes need to occur. These design changes can of course affect the budget and the bottom line. A general contractor needs to inform all parties of change orders in a written manner. He also needs to collect signatures from everyone. If changes are made nonchalantly, face-to-face, without written documentation, legal battles could ensue if an owner discovers their project going way over budget without their knowledge.
They make sure qualified subcontractors are hired for the job. There’s nothing worse than hiring a less-than-amazing subcontractor. While a general contractor is the brain of the construction project, the subcontractors are the hands and feet. They do much of the physical labor such as bricklaying, plumbing, electrical work, concrete work, roofing, and painting. If any one of these processes is done poorly, it could set a project back days or weeks. An experienced general contractor will have a list of qualified subcontractors on hand that they have worked with before. They know they will do a great job and keep the construction project free from oversights and issues.
They oversee the construction project day in and day out. They watch everything that is going on while making sure the project is going according to the schedule. They coordinate subcontractors and make sure certain processes are done in a certain order. Like we said, the general contractor is the brains of the operation. They can also verify that the work being done by the subcontractors will pass inspections. They make sure the construction site is a safe place to work and they have the proper insurance in place to protect themselves, the workers, and the building owner if someone gets hurt.
They schedule inspections and make sure everything is up to code. Upon the completion of a building, city inspectors must come out to the job site to ensure the building follows certain codes and laws. A contractor will build with this in mind and will schedule inspectors at the appropriate time. If any changes do need to be made, the contractor will inform all of the necessary parties and will perform the changes swiftly.
By hiring a good general contractor, a building owner will make the transition from idea to completed project much more quickly and smoothly. A contractor who is experienced and qualified will get a building occupied and functioning without putting stress on the building owner. Issues may still happen, but they won’t be a major setback.