When you plan your roofing renovation project with a construction company, one of the very first steps you need to decide on is who will be managing it for you.
Be forewarned! Since the planned project may have a significant impact on the value of your property, to say nothing of the quality of your life and overall wellbeing, managing a project is not just a matter of – here is my plan – now just do it kind of thing.
It entails constant paying attention to the budget, materials to be used, what is being done and when to help minimize any delays.
One needs to maintain a constant eye on what is happening and how it is going to come off the ground.
Not doing the job yourself can save you thousands or even cost you a pocket if not handled correctly by the contractors whom you’ve hired.
Following are the eight most common mistakes made by homeowners when they take on the role of the project manager.
1 – Planning – When something is adequately planned, the end results achieved are so much better. Roughly 80% of successful projects can be put down to efficient planning. The person in charge of managing a project needs to cover every detail from the very start. You can take off work to ensure you are on site when the work is done, or you can allocate these to a professional contractor to handle.
2 – Budgeting – This sits at the heart of many projects. Unfortunately, one cannot foresee the exact expenses to do with building materials and labor costs. However, an eye must be kept on expenditure to ensure everything runs smoothly. Contractors can be paid progressively for any work completed successfully.
3 – Communication – If you are unsure of what you want to have happen, then how can you expect the contractor or their subcontractors to know. Even the most carefully planned plan can present some hiccups along the way. The better the workforce understands what needs to be done, the happier everyone involved will be. Thank yous for a job well done goes a long way.
4 – Materials management – Projects will run smoothly if you have the right materials on hand and the proper quantities. Larger projects may require the input of a structural engineer to design and specify the type of materials needed for your roof or other areas of the home. Contractors will ensure everything goes as planned by ordering the necessary supplies well ahead of time. Besides, all sorts of problems occur as orders get delayed or misplaced, or trucks break down
5 – Inadequate Record Keeping – Nothing attracts a homeowner’s attention more than the realization they’ve gone over budget due to an unexpected $50 to $100 here and there that quickly adds up to a thousand or more. Ensure you keep records of every transaction and expenditure, regardless of how small it is. Also, ensure you know where every purchase was used.
6 – Worksite management – If you intend managing the project yourself, then you must at all times be on site to ensure the work is done on time, and to the required standards. Keep costs down as much as possible, and consider indemnity insurance.
7 – Quality assurance – Do not rush or compromise the quality of work that is not up to standard. After all, major projects often require the approval of a building inspector. You do not want to face a situation where they decline to approve work completed. The three most critical parts from a quality assurance perspective are roofing services, framing, and foundations. In other words, never settle for second best.
8 – Subcontractor management – Expert general contractors often have reputable subcontractors they employ. Therefore, you do not have to ask around, spend an endless amount of time to check and ensure your electrician, plumber, or carpenter has what it takes to get the job done right.
While all this is going on, do not forget to consider your neighbors by considering them before any building work commences. Talk to them and apologize in advance for any noise they are about to experience while you consult with your chosen contractors to confirm they will operate within reasonable hours, which is generally between 08h00 and 18h00 during weekdays, and 08h00 to 17h00 on the weekend.