6 Strategies to Reduce Construction Project Delays Part 1
Our Orlando construction attorneys know that with any collaborative project, misunderstandings are bound to happen. This is especially true for construction projects where any number of problems can lead to a project delay. No matter how big or small the project, delays are common. Our two-part article series will discuss why delays happen, the different strategies construction professionals can employ to reduce project delays, and the result of delays. Feel free to skip ahead to part two to read the rest of the article.
Why Delays Happen
Some delays are beyond anyone’s control and some are preventable. This is why our Orlando construction attorneys encourage proactiveness and great attention to detail on jobsites. Delays affect everyone and they happen for a number of reasons. Some of the causes of delays include:
- Shipping issues
- Client changes
Taking the time to plan for and manage delays makes a difference in the types of profit and loss you’ll see and whether your project will be a success or failure.
Strategy 1: Plan and Account for the Unexpected
Delays can be prevented with accurate planning. Everything from the estimate to the schedule has to be accurate. Review the contract to ensure project phases, milestones, and timeframes are accurate as well as realistic. Think about factors that influence your schedule. Things like weather and delivery issues can have an impact on your schedule.
Strategy 2: Participate in the Design Phase
It’s important to have an understanding of every stage of a project; however, being involved in the design phase can help you to see potential delays ahead of time so that you can fix them before the project reaches the final stage.
Strategy 3: Understand Clients’ Needs
Clients change their minds, and although this can cause a bit of frustration, no project will be completed without changes 100 percent of the time. It’s important to establish a relationship with the client and communicate the impact of changes. Giving them insight from a monetary, time, and chain-effect standpoint can help eliminate unnecessary changes. To keep changes in check, have a change management plan in place so there will be a system for requesting and approving changes.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.