How to Start a New Construction Project
Using Temporary Skilled Labor Effectively
It’s exciting to begin a new construction project, and the desire is to jump in right away. Unfortunately, most projects require a few months of pre-planning before the real construction begins. Follow these tips for starting a new construction project to keep the timeline flowing and to avoid costly mistakes.
1. Check the Labor
Make sure there are enough skilled laborers to complete the job. Consider using a construction labor staffing agency for a few extra hands if necessary. Temporary skilled labor is in high-demand, so using a staffing agency is probably your best resource. Labor staffing agencies can provide everything from assistants to skilled carpenters. Fully planning for labor staffing ebbs and flows will help ensure the job is completed on time.
2. Make a Timeline
What is the tentative completion date? Write that date down then work on a timeline between now and then. Be realistic about the time every part of the project will require. As a professional, some possible delays should be obvious. Make sure to work those into the timeline. If the timeline proves that the project’s end date is impossible, revisit the project and find out if more time can be allotted for completion.
3. Use SWOT
SWOT analysis is a tool for planners that measures a project fully. It stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. After the timeline is completed and the team is in place, review the project again for strengths. Find weaknesses and solutions to fix them. Look for opportunities to improve weaknesses or make strengths stronger. Finally, find the threats that could delay the construction project and try to anticipate their arrival. Create a plan to face all threats, eliminate them if possible, and make a plan for any unavoidable threats, such as weather.
4. Review Resources
Make sure all resources are used. If additional planning help is necessary, pull in a partner business or contracted professional to help complete the job. Fall back on trusted suppliers to get the necessary tools as fast as possible. Ask suppliers if they can recommend resources for necessary items, such as portable sanitation and more. As mentioned before, ask a labor staffing agency to help find extra hands, if necessary. Resources are plentiful when the right questions are asked.
5. Ask for Permits
This step is woven throughout the others, depending on the jurisdiction where the project is taking place. Having all the proper permits in order is essential for new construction projects, and it will be worth it to research laws concerning projects. If the construction is happening in an area familiar to the builders, a quick brush-up on the law is sufficient. However, if the construction is happening in an area new to the builders, it is worth it to pay someone to research the laws and make sure all the proper permits are obtained. Getting caught without the proper permits will stop the project completely, and typically, stating, “We didn’t know we needed it” won’t work.
6. Consider Renewables
During the planning stages of the construction, consider using renewable sources of energy or recycled materials. Many areas are offering rebates or incentives for buildings using renewable sources of energy, so find out if the property manager might be interested in creating a renewable building. While the permits are being researched, add in a quick view of the specific renewable rebate offers for the area. Having these on file can also help the sales process; with a growing number of people encouraged to use renewables, the topic might come up much more often. Having the information on hand will make the construction business look informed and up-to-date.
7. Get Going
Start working on the project and be very careful to keep communication lines wide open. As the project begins, continue to use the SWOT method to evaluate the progress. If any threats or weaknesses arise, fix them right away. If the project needs to be extended unexpectedly, be sure to tell the client right away. The best method for avoiding problems is continuous, early and clear communication through every step of the process.
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