The Most Common Building Project Delays

In an ideal world, every construction project would perfectly match its expected timeline and budget. In the real world, construction projects involve many moving parts that don’t always go according to plan. When obstacles arise, the way contractors, project managers, and others handle the situation can make or break the construction experience.

Here are some of the most common delays in building projects and the techniques professionals can use to overcome them:

Change orders. Along the way, client needs often change. The realities of building often clarify needs that may not appear during the design phase. Some change orders are simple to complete and do not change the overall timeline of a project. Others, however, can put the entire project on hold as all parties negotiate, agree to terms, and implement the order.

To keep change orders from interfering with the total building project, project decision makers can take a few preventive steps. A formal, ongoing change order process, practical project checklists, and ongoing communication among parties can reduce the likelihood that a change order will result in dispute or dissatisfaction.

Weather. When Mother Nature decides to interfere, construction teams can’t do much but wait it out. Instead of letting inclement weather put the entire project on hold, project managers and overseers can use the time to catch up on reviews, check existing work, and confirm project plans.

Contractor overbooking. Many builders hire contractors and subcontractors to complete all the work on a construction site. Unfortunately, crews do not always manage their time wisely and every project suffers from the rushed work. An overbooked team will inevitably leave a client out to dry in some way. Project managers can build a network of vetted and trustworthy teams to avoid scheduling-related delays.

Regulatory challenges. Code, regulation, and permit approval issues can all stop construction projects in their tracks. Builders must follow applicable laws in every building project. To overcome restrictive paperwork challenges, project managers must take a proactive approach. Professionals who understand the latest codes and regulations can take steps to meet every requirement and deliver a compliance-friendly finished product.

Poor communication. Throughout a construction project, all parties must remain accessible and open to communication. Proper communication can prevent many common design and construction errors, financing delays, and scheduling obstacles. Building teams who use technology and communicate often throughout projects can professionally respond to any unforeseen delay.

Construction projects, like other large projects, require patience and agility. Construction teams that recognize and address the top delays in construction projects can earn client satisfaction and a higher return rate on every project. Use these insights to strengthen your team’s approach to construction project management.

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