Having the right expectations will make any project more manageable. When it comes to a new construction project, one expectation that needs to be set correctly is the timeline. Creating a proper timeline for construction will allow you to know what’s happening in each stage of the project and adjust for any unforeseen obstacles. Some of these obstacles, like late supply deliveries, can be mitigated, while others, like bad weather, are simply unavoidable.

To make a timeline that’s realistic and helpful, follow these steps.

Know What You Need

When you’re planning a new construction project you should create two lists. The first is a list of the features that are absolute musts. This can include a square foot to employee ratio or energy-efficient materials. The second is a list of wants, which can include more aesthetic features. Having these two list predetermined can make it easier to adjust plans in the event of a snag.

Work with Your Contractor

As the building owner, you’ll certainly have a list of deadlines you want to see met. However, some of these deadlines might not be realistic. There are tons of variables that can affect the completion date, such as availability of supplies and government inspections. Developing your timeline with the help of an experienced contractor will ensure the timeline is practical and achievable.

Hire the Right Contractor

As with most things in life, you can have good, fast, and cheap, but you can’t have all three at the same time. Going with an experienced contractor is certainly an investment that will pay off in the long run. At Cowen Construction, we’ve been helping clients create realistic timelines for more than 100 years. We know how to plan for the unexpected and complete projects on time.

Track the Project

One advantage of working with an experienced contractor is that we have multiple ways of tracking projects and letting you know what’s happening. For some, a quick phone call or text will work, while others want to see spreadsheets and charts to know exactly what’s happening. We can accommodate whatever method suits you best. By having open communication and actively tracking project progress, you can help keep everything on track.