As a contractor overseeing a construction job, there are many moving parts that must be managed. You must manage the budget, the timeline, the sub-contractors, and the clients. If any of these aspects is left unattended it can cause issues. Let's discuss each one:
Managing the budget is vital to having a successful job. Contractor get a bad wrap for under bidding jobs just to get the work and then also coming in over budget. This is the sure sign of an unprofessional contractor. It is the contractor's just to set proper expectations and explain all aspects of the job so that everyone is on the same page. This will ensure that the client understands the scope and scale of the project and understands the costs associated with it. You're far better off providing an honest bid and losing out on some jobs than under bidding and getting every job. You will save yourself many headaches if you're not working with clients that are angry with you because you're over budget.
Managing the timeline is another dynamic situation. There is a flow to the construction project that must be maintained or else your project will be significantly delayed. Because of the type of work being done, certain tasks can not be started until other tasks have been completed. For example, when building a new house, you can not put a roof on the house until it has been completely framed in. You can not begin framing the house if the foundation has not been poured. You can not pour the foundation until the plumbing has been set. Even within these minor project are several projects that must be completed in sequential order. Similarly with existing houses, whether you are doing a bathroom remodel lakewood co or remodeling your kitchen you can not begin to demo until you have the roll off dumpster in place and somewhere to dispose of the waste, and so on.
Managing the sub-contractors is possibly the most difficult process of the job. The sub-contractor is the piece of the puzzle that can cause the job to go perfectly or cause it to be a disaster. They are usually the ones that cause budgets to go over, and timelines to be missed. If you can maintain good relationships and controls over your concrete contractors, electricians, plumbers, roofer, heating and air contractors, and other contractors then you should be able to maintain a healthy budget and timeline. That's why we recommend partnering with Montgomery County Handyman when you're needing construction sub contractors in your area.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, is managing the client. It is vital to manage your client and set expectations with them. They must understand what is happening or else they will think to themselves "what is taking so long" or "why does this simple job cost so much". If your clients begin to doubt or not trust you it will cause problem after problem. Setting expectations and properly explaining the projects will allow your clients to feel involved in the process and keep them happy and up to date on the progress. This will lead to more happy clients, more referrals, and hopefully more jobs for the contractor.