Construction Project Management

If you are thinking of starting a construction project such as building an extension or renovating a house, then you need to be confident that you are able to manage the project effectively. There are likely to be a number of challenges along the way, and you need to be able to stay calm and think carefully about how to resolve them.
It can be a highly rewarding experience seeing what you have achieved once it is all complete. Below are some tips and advice on how to ensure you project runs smoothly. Here are some key steps to help you manage a successful construction project:
Firstly you need to be clear about your goals. Set target dates that you need certain parts completed by and stick to your timeline. Be sure to choose the right people for the job, including architects, builders, electricians and plumbers and any other professionals who will be involved in the project. Try and only use people who you know or that have been highly recommended to you.
You need to be clear about your budget from the always have a contingency pot that you can dip in to if needed. Cost associated with construction project costs can spiral out of control if you are not careful. Negotiate with suppliers and contractors to get the best prices and consider using project management software to help you track expenses and stay within budget. It is important that you consider the safety element of all aspects of the jobs. If you are having other people on site, then you need to ensure they are safe and that risks are managed.
Regularly review the risks and update the contingency plans as needed. It is vital to monitor the progress of the project carefully and often to ensure that everything is going to plan. Often if issues are picked up quickly, they can be resolved quickly too.  You may find that you need to adjust your budget or your timeline to accommodate changes that arise. Be sure to keep in touch with any people you have working with you on the project. Sometimes certain trades need to wait until another have finished until they do what they need to.
Regular communication is key to making sure the project runs smoothly. If you do reach a target budget wise or time wise then me sure to recognise this and share your enthusiasm with others. This will help boost morale and ensure that everyone is working to the best of their ability.