Have you recently decided to start your own business, or perhaps expand your current facility into a new one? Let us start by saying congrats! That must mean your Pinehurst-area company is doing great things! The team at Century Construction Services looks forward to helping you lay the foundation, literally, and build the facility that will be the home of the future of your company, from the ground up.
Before the construction process starts, however, there are some steps to consider now that will make the process easier, later. Even the most well-planned, well-thought-out construction project can run into hiccups and snags. However, with a clearly defined course of action and vision, you can be ready and won’t be derailed.
- Create a budget, and make it realistic
This means pen to paper, looking at statements, and considering all your financials. It’s easy for dreams to get big in the eyes of new opportunity, but the entire construction project will be much more pleasant and exciting if you work within what you can afford. A project manager or other team member at the construction company you choose should be able to sit down with you and talk specifically about what your vision will cost, what problems could arise, and so on. Creating a realistic budget, and a clear and concise plan protects both you and the contractor from complications during the partnership.
- Develop a Plan
It’s likely you have a very clear vision of what you future facility will look like. If not, that’s OK too, there are professionals who can help with every step of the planning phase. You must feel confidence about the design in the end because once the build begins, there is really no going back – at least without serious financial repercussions. Talk openly with your contractor about what you want, AND what you don’t want. Communication between all parties involved is key, and the documents should be coordinated between the owner, architects and design firms, construction company, and any other involved parties.
- Set a Reasonable Timeline
Create a reasonable timeline with an absolute final date – a drop dead date if you will. Rest assured that a reputable contractor, like Century Construction Services, will be carefully monitoring the timeline to make sure everything is staying on course. If there are unintended weather events or other complications, hopefully the middle of the timeline can be adjusted without affecting the drop dead date.
- Have Open Communication, Always
As humans, when we get frustrated we tend to act one of two ways: explode, or shut others out. During construction projects, emotions can run high! The construction company wants to see you happy in the end and is working hard to meet all your wishes. However, if you see something straying from the original plan set in place in step number two, say something! Likewise, if the contractor seems a looming problem, they should feel safe coming to you to talk it out and find a solution together.
Remember, the more you communicate with your construction company, the less room there is for misunderstandings and disappointments, and the more likely it is your project will turn out beyond your expectations right on time.