Are you helping or hurting your project to stay on time, on budget and progress smoothly?
The following is our list of the most often reasons projects run over in completion time and budget.
1. Don’t put off making all decisions early. Materials can suddenly be back ordered. The more time your contractor is given to order your material selections the less likely job will be delayed due to back orders.
Even though some things like faucets, cabinet hardware and tile are installed later in the project, if they are not on site the day the plumber or tile setter are scheduled to begin their work, their part of the project will then be rescheduled into their next opening! This could add weeks to your move back in day. Something small can quickly grow into a week or weeks delay!
2. Try not to change your mind (too much). Of course, something may come up on your project that you’ll change your mind about. However, remember that each time you change your mind, a “Change Order” will be generated through your contractor, resulting in added costs even though the change may be minor. Changes also result in schedule changes and again if a trades person is already scheduled for a start date, a change to wait for different material usually means he/she will reschedule your project into their next opening. The high quality sub-contractors that provide the best craftsmanship as those Kitchen Design Center contracts with, are in demand and often booked out weeks or sometimes months!
It’s common place and acceptable to make changes just prior or once your project begins and that’s OK. We just want you to be aware of how any changes could add costs and delay the job completion.
3. Allow the contractor to supply materials. It seems like an obvious way to save money — a contractor is going to mark up the cost of materials and pass that added cost on to you. That’s true, but the contractor may get a better price than you to begin with, meaning that even after markup, you'll pay the same price.
When your contractor supplies all materials, he is responsible for all aspects involved—including picking up and delivering, faulty parts, missing parts, late arrivals, timing of delivery, etc.
The scheduler is always working to make certain materials are on site at exactly the right time, a very important part of the process.
4. Don't work without funds for the unexpected. It’s something watched for at the bidding stage of the project but inevitable water damage could be hidden in wet areas of kitchen and bathrooms until old floors or cabinets are torn out.
5. Kids and pets can be curious but are safer when kept away from project areas. Project workers try to accommodate your pets and kids, but shouldn’t have to — it's just not safe to have children or animals around construction.
6. Don't be a distraction. We do not intend to be harsh, but every minute someone working on your house spends talking to you, they are not working on your house. Is the conversation important and one that will have an impact on the job? That's one thing, but the electrician on the job isn't getting paid any more to spend 30 minutes talking about your work, family or vacation.
7. Get acquainted with the project scheduler. She will be very involved with your project beginning on the day you sign a contract. She immediately begins ordering the materials you’ve selected and working on a preliminary project schedule.
Your home needs to be accessible to work crews between 8am and 4 pm Monday through Friday from the first to the last day of work being done. It’s imperative that the scheduler know as far in advance as possible if your home will not be available for any period during the project.
IF you are supplying any materials, doing any tear out work or have contracted to have new appliances installed or on site, the scheduler needs to be advised. She can answer your questions on when to have appliances delivered so they will not be in the way of work being done and risk damage.