Construction project time management: 3 tips for faster implementation September 25, 2019 – Posted in: Blog
Construction project time management is a significant challenge for many general contractors and home improvement professionals. Many clients demand high-quality work but may want a speedy completion of the project. Is this possible?
Fortunately, it is. While some projects will require more time to finish, most common home remodeling jobs can be done on time if you have the right tools, enough people, and the right strategies. By evaluating your work practices, you can easily identify factors that affect your project completion. Here’s a guide for completing home renovations projects in as little time as possible without compromising the quality of your work.
Invest in the right tools and equipment
Surely, you have all the basic tools, and perhaps a few power tools in your stock room. But are they enough to make you effective and productive with your projects? In addition to your construction staples, there are other tools and equipment that are worth the investment.
An example is an air mover. As you know, one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks in home remodeling is painting. It’s one of the most commonly requested services from home improvement contractors and nearly every renovation work would include some painting tasks. Without tools like air movers, you could be spending so much time waiting for the paint to dry before adding the second coat or transitioning to another task. Note that after repainting a room, you can’t do other things like install cabinets and fixtures or repair the floor as the tiniest of dust can ruin the freshly applied wall paint.
Besides applying paint, you put a considerable amount of time with the prep work, which includes sanding the walls, removing dust, taking out furniture (or covering them), covering fixtures, doorknobs, windows, and switches with plastic sheeting or tape, etc. Thus, being able to reduce the drying time can help a lot.
Air movers are high-power blowers that are widely used for drying applications. They work wonders in drying corners, wall molding, under fixtures, and other areas that would usually dry last because of insufficient ventilation. These tools have many other uses in construction. For instance, they can be used to blow debris, dust, and dirt from an area, speed up the drying process of carpets and floors and remove harmful fumes.
Invest in your team
Having the right people in your team is equally important to have the right tools and equipment. To keep your general contracting business at peak performance and reduce project duration, it’s crucial that you hire skilled and trustworthy employees.
Hire more people
To get things done in a reasonable amount of time, of course, you need enough contractors. It’s good to have well-rounded people who can handle different tasks with quality and efficiency. But if you don’t have enough people in a particular project, your target project completion date might still be compromised. Depending on the size of your business, you probably want a combination of full-time and part-time employees. Basically for each project you need a manager, a foreman, and a crew who are skilled and possess the same values that you do. In addition to these, you may also require other staff, such as an experienced estimator if you are not familiar with estimating projects.
Hire the best people
Hiring the best construction crew and management staff has a huge impact on your company. When selecting your crew, past experience is a big advantage but technical skills and interpersonal skills are far more valuable. Get references from their previous employers. You want people who are good at time management and possess great worth ethics. Additionally, look for staff who are dependable and willing to be trained.
Outsource work when needed
Sometimes home renovation contractors may need to outsource project work to complete it in a shorter period. This is especially true when you have a big project to handle and you think you don’t have enough tools, manpower, and expertise to do. Have a list of trustworthy contractors who you can contact for advanced projects like installing an automation system, operating a piece of special equipment, or doing some specialized plumbing jobs.
Hiring subcontractors for overflow work or tasks that require specialized skills will not only help you save time, it can also ensure the quality outcome of your project and reduce your cost. You can also ramp up staffing quickly without having to lay off workers when your project requests go down. Below are the other benefits of outsourcing work for your construction business:
- You can focus on your strengths. You and your team will likely have a specific set of skills and strengths. By focusing on what you do best, you can guarantee efficiency, productivity, and quality output. So for instance, you found that the roof needs to be repaired while renovating a home, instead of hiring additional workers or forcing your men to do it, you can simply tap into an experienced roofing contractor and let them take care of it.
- You can control the cost. Large projects are often associated with cost overruns. By working with a subcontractor on a per-project basis, you can get the project completed in time without worrying about additional expenses.
- You can keep the labor and overhead costs low. As the main contractor, you won’t have to worry about hiring and staffing which can all take so much of your time and money.
Wrapping it Up
Construction project time management without compromising the desired outcome of the project is a challenge that many general contractors deal with. But by changing your working practices, you can overcome it. Three best time management practices in a timely manner include investing in the right tools and equipment, hiring the right team, and outsourcing work when needed. It can take a lot of work to get your construction business highly organized, productive, and efficient but by incorporating the tips and suggestions outlined above, you are one step ahead to building a reliable, profitable business that many homeowners would want to work with.