With all the moving parts involved, a construction project can easily take a turn for the worse if you’re not careful. With more than 100 years of experience under our belt, we know what it takes to finish a project smoothly and we can spot the early signs of common problems. Below are three common reasons construction projects struggle and how to prevent these problems from happening. 

Underestimating 

Estimating the cost of the project is the first step toward a successful project. Getting this first step wrong can cause serious budget problems down the road. The cost of all permits, materials, and labor need to be precisely calculated based on market conditions and project scope.

Attention to detail is your best weapon against underestimating. Numbers need to be double and triple checked. That means checking the math and confirming the project specifications with the client. 

Delays 

Nothing sucks the air out of a project like making the whole crew sit and wait for a permit or inspection. Not budgeting and planning for all necessary permits, inspections, regulations, and government approvals is a fast way to unnecessarily increase the project timeline.

To keep project timelines intact, it’s important to fully understand the building site from the outset. Conduct research into the current state of the site and use site surveys to be prepared.

Communication 

Communication issues aren’t exclusive to construction projects, but they can be the root of serious problems. In fact, a lot of problems stem from poor communication. One area of communication that’s particularly important in construction is the chain of command. Vital information needs to efficiently travel up and down the chain of command so everyone is on the same page. 

Clearly defining roles and duties will be the key to promoting communication. Everyone needs to know exactly what they’re responsible for, who they should go to for information, and who they need to relay information to.