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What to do when the plan goes wrong? | Construction Insider

What to do when the plan goes wrong? | Construction Insider

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What can go wrong in construction? Unfortunately, a lot can…

Whether you are in the commercial or domestic sector, issues come up all the time, there are so many factors to take into consideration and due to the vast amount of variables that come with every project, things can get a little complicated and go completely wrong.

Contractor No-Show

Before hiring a contractor, thoroughly check them out. See their past projects, reviews, verify their licenses, ask people who have worked with them and so on. Make sure the people that you are trusting to work on the behalf of your business are reliable and respectable. You should speak with the contractor beforehand to ensure there is no miscommunication.

Multiple Project Overload

Taking on multiple projects at the same time can cause many problems, unfortunately, there are just not enough hours in the day to do some of the things we sign ourselves up for.

There are two approaches that you can take for multiple project overloads, but it depends greatly on the scale of them.

1. Take a minute and breathe, is this actually possible? Sometimes you have to create a meaningful strategy identifying where you should be, where your men should be, deliveries and so on. Time management is the key to a project’s success.  Its time for you to take a step back from the tools and start running things from a owners point of view.

2. Admit your losses, sometimes it is not possible to do it, in this case, it is the best option to be open and transparent with the clients. State the situation you are in, maybe you can come to an arrangement where a project is put on hold for a short period of time.

Delivery Delays

Delays of goods and materials can happen on any job and are completely out of your control, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a backup plan. Send your team to work on a different part of the project while you are waiting or maybe you are able to contact another supplier. A delay doesn’t mean everything has gone wrong, use your leadership skills and make the most out of the situation.

Bad Weather

Another factor that not even the best of us can control is the weather and in a country like England, it becomes even more unreliable. The weather is something we can’t control and it can delay work from going ahead, it is always wise to include an extra few days within your project timeline as a buffer.

Failure to Meet Expectations

Sometimes we fail to meet the expectations of the job at hand, from quality to timeframe, things just fall out of place and lead to a dissatisfied client. It is important to be open and transparent with the client as early as possible so you can both understand the situation at hand and conclude the best course of action in order to fix it.

This article was written for Saint Financial Group, a multidisciplinary group based in the UK that helps construction businesses develop and grow. SaintFG offers a range of quality solutions in supporting businesses.

Saint provides the luxury of free business consultancy for of our clients, call now for your free consultation with a friendly business advisor to discuss your burning questions and put that energy back into your business!

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Stephen O'Rourke

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