Your choice of a contractor is what will determine how long the project life cycle will last and how much the project will cost in the end. It is no wonder anyone who has done this kind of job before will advise you on ensuring you take the process of finding a good service provider with the seriousness and magnitude it deserves. Regardless of the size of the project that you have, you cannot afford to settle for just any other contractor. The least you should get is a top rated service provider that has a good reputation and great experience in construction. Assuming you have done all due diligence and have found the best construction contractor, how do you ensure smooth operation?
You must put in enough effort and great diligence if the project were to complete within the stipulated time frame and within budget. How about you start by working on yourself to ensure you are the best client to the construction team. As you manage the project, you have to work hand in hand with the crew to make them feel appreciated all through the project. This is not the time to be all bossy and abusive just because a deadline hasn’t been met. You have to be accommodating and friendly while at the same time being decisive with the service provider and honoring your end of the deal. This is especially true when it comes to prompt payments during the agreeing points in the project cycle.
The other critical step to the success of your project is to establish a good line of communication. It is important to clarify on the most convenient mode of communication for all parties involved before project commencement. Some options include having specific days of the week for onsite evaluation of job progress. You may also agree or texting or calling the foreman on a specified time every day to get an update of the job progress. You also have to keep a project journal which you will use to jot down ideas to be communicated, note all the things you wish to ask the contractor, note upcoming dates of delivery and also record progress. This creates a clear record especially should a dispute or miscommunication arise in the future.
It is also important that any changes to be made once the project commences are done in writing. No doubt every competent contractor shouldn’t have a problem implementing any changes that may arise along the way. Note that you both must append your signatures on these changes so that the document can be legally binding.