Your choice of a contractor plays a very significant role in the success, or failure, thereof of any construction project that you may have. 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. You just don’t want to work with any contractor no matter how big or small your construction project is. The least you should get is a top rated service provider that has a good reputation and great experience in construction. Assuming you land on the best construction contractor, how about you implement the following measures for a smooth and successful project?
Working with a construction contractor takes a lot of diligence and effort to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. For starters, you must be a good client to your contractor, and this starts by you ensuring you are actively managing the process; keeping track of every minute detail. 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. Pay close attention to the periodic payments you put through as the project cycle unfolds, ensuring you do it promptly so that the project doesn’t stall.
It is also your responsibility to establish the best communication with your construction contractor. This you do well in advance before the project commences whereby you agree on the most appropriate form of communication for both parties. Some options include having specific days of the week for onsite evaluation of job progress. It could also be agreeing with the project foreman on the most convenient time of the day to call for the daily project update. 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.
Last but not least, you must ensure all changes on the project are done in writing. No doubt every competent contractor shouldn’t have a problem implementing any changes that may arise along the way. Once that is done, all parties have to append their signatures for future reference.