7 Common Mistakes in Planning a Construction Project

As you set out to start your next big construction project, beware of frequent errors that contractors face. Knowing them now can help you avoid timeline delays, unclear directions and cost overrun. The following are some of the most common construction mistakes made when planning a construction project:

1. Lack of Safety Training

Construction sites can be accident-prone environments when workers don’t follow proper safety procedures. Plan frequent safety training so your team knows how to stay safe on the job. Regularly informing your team about regulations and best safety practices can also prevent injuries.

2. Unrealistic Timelines

When planning a construction project, be mindful of whether your team can realistically meet the deadlines you set. To set yourself up for success, create a contingency plan that considers potential delays, like personnel changes and weather constraints. Also, take inventory of any long lead items that could put your schedule behind if they don’t arrive on time.

3. Poor Communication

It’s vital you always stay in communication with all points of contact so your stakeholders know what stage of the project you’re at and what to anticipate next. Mistakes in construction occur when team members forget to share important information and updates with everyone. Poor communication can also lead to misunderstandings and unclear instructions.

4. Unread Signed Documents

While it’s tempting to skim over construction documents and sign the dotted line with little thought, this can lead to problems. For instance, if your contractor signs off to move a wall without verifying if it’s safe to do so, the project will face a delay and cost more. Signing documents without reading them can also lead to not knowing the terms and what’s expected of your team.

5. Unorganized Subcontractor Payments

Getting behind on your subcontractor payments can lead to delays in your construction project. It also can lead to losing your subcontractor’s service and negatively affecting your reputation for future tasks. Likewise, paying too far ahead can mean paying for uncompleted work.

6. Inefficient Procurement Processes

Getting the right materials at the right time allows your construction project to move along seamlessly. When not planned out, this can cause setbacks in your team’s work as they wait for items to arrive. As you schedule your procurement process, consider spreading out when items arrive so you don’t have everything arrive at the same time.

7. Wrong Cost Estimates

To avoid cost overruns, it’s important to calculate the right cost estimate during the planning stage of your project. Consider getting at least three estimates to ensure accuracy. Similarly, make sure your client is clear about their budget so you don’t end up writing up plans for a project that they can’t afford.

Avoid These Mistakes When Working with Northern Construction

With over 25 years of experience, Northern Construction knows a thing or two about dodging these common construction mistakes. Contact us today to plan your next big construction project!