Construction projects are significant investments. Whether it is a home or business complex, there is no doubt that it will be costly, but worth it if it is done correctly. The processes that lead up to that end result, is crucial.
Once the early planning stage is complete, and the dream starts turning into a reality is when owners find out if their project will be a success. It is during this time that problems may arise, and your team will have to deal with it.
While some mistakes are unavoidable, others are a result of a lack of patience and proper research. So before you start your construction project, ensure that you can avoid the following three mistakes.
Rushing Through The Planning Phase
You’re in a hurry, right? You have the space ready, and you are hoping to finish construction before the rainy season starts. You are tempted to skip the intensive planning phase and rush to the good stuff.
You shouldn’t! The early planning phase is where the project takes shape. It is imagined, designed, and evaluated. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is skipping through this phase.
Skipping this phase means that you will be making decisions and adjustments as you go along, which can slow down the whole process, incur higher costs, and impact the quality of the overall project.
Be sure to go through this step thoroughly as common problems can be quickly identified here. Furthermore, reliable and well-considered plans will give you a better price estimate on the whole project.
Not Doing Research
People rarely do enough research on the people they have chosen to work on their project. A price alone is not enough to go on when hiring a construction or architecture firm. Those who neglect to do the proper research on the team they plan on working with end up with different and disappointing results.
Before you pick an architect, contractor, or any other piece of the puzzle, you need to do a lot of research. Review different companies, their portfolios, and their reviews. If it is possible, go see some of their construction projects. Are the owners happy with the results?
This gives you an idea of their experience with different projects. More importantly, it will let you know if they can handle your project.
Wasting Time On Design Decisions
One of the most likely reasons why construction projects end up costing a lot more is the modified mid-stream or details that have not been confirmed. The most accurate budgeting comes from on-spot decisions.
While it is reasonable and acceptable to make careful and well-thought-out design decisions, you should not take all your time making them. When you eventually do, you may find that your choice goes above your budget or requires a legal permit.
Seek the help of an architect to help make informed design decisions. Furthermore, avoid changing the decision unless it is absolutely necessary.