Time is money, especially in the construction industry. Efficient project completion equals more time to work on other projects, which is all good news for your bottom line. But just because a project is finished on time, does not always mean that the quality is up to par. Some companies cut corners and rush through projects just to make ends meet, but eventually the lack of attention catches up to them, resulting in necessary repairs that always take longer than if the project was done right the first time. To avoid missing deadlines and dealing with unsatisfied customers, take a look at these helpful tips from a professional construction consultant to help deliver high-quality projects on time and on budget.
It all starts with a plan
The old saying “measure twice, cut once” applies in more ways than one when it comes to efficient project completion. Detailed plans not only give the contractors and sub-contractors a good idea of what needs to be done, but also how long it will take to complete. Clients will always be happier with a quality product over a quick turnaround time, so even if it takes a while to nail down all of the particulars, you will be glad you did in the long run. Any glaring issues can be dealt with before work begins so you won’t have to waste time with corrections, and with all of the information at your fingertips, you can establish a sensible deadline that works for everyone.
Know your limits
If your client wants a decorative cornice on their historic preservation project but you know it is outside of your team’s area of expertise, then say so ahead of time. Better to pass on a project that will only lead to missed deadlines, client dissatisfaction, and low team morale then to overcommit beyond your capabilities.
Break it down and delegate
Any project can look overwhelming if you only see the big picture, so break it down into smaller projects and assign each part accordingly. These smaller steps are a lot easier to manage, make progress tracking a breeze, and ensure that deadlines are met. Also, tasking the right individuals for the job is key. Your chosen workers should have adequate knowledge on how to complete the assignment up to sufficient standards and have at least one supervisor to report their progress.
Manage your time
Time management is probably the most vital component to efficient project completion. Take all deadlines seriously, prioritize your tasks, and keep an eye on all current works in progress to make sure that everything is going according to plan.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
The biggest time-waster of all is poor communication. One hasty email with bad instructions or harsh language can derail even the most efficient of teams, leading to hours of unnecessary work. Craft emails with purpose, take time to consider your objectives for phone conversations, and pay attention to exact language. Here is another instance where a little forethought goes a long way to maximizing your project efficiency.
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