Be Prepared for the Worst Case Scenario

Construction is full of pitfalls, all of which cost a ton of money if you find yourself trapped. Delays from poor planning, a lack of personnel or any material shortages are often out of a project manager’s hands too. Construction can be quite lucrative when the work is steady, but a doomsday scenario can turn a job into a crew’s last hurrah if management isn’t prepared to deal with the fallout.

Remove Odd Items First

Interim short term management sources will often take care of the small and odd stuff first. Items that require a lot of customization, or oversized orders, can take some time to produce and ship. Make sure that your project manager and stakeholders sit down and go through a list of points yet to be completed. Follow up on those highlights immediately to reduce the chances that they will delay you further down the road.

Check Everything

One of the fastest ways to find yourself in a bind is to rely on catalog numbers when you’re ordering certain fixtures. Even if those fixtures appear to be at the sizes you require, be sure to check with your architect’s drawings to determine that you’re ordering the proper supplies. Relying on just one source will come back to bite you. Be sure you’ve checked all of your plans and paperwork so that what you order fits precisely.

Expedite Claims

Nothing keeps a crew from working quite like an open injury dispute. If you’re not equipped to close these disputes quickly, construction claims management might be your best bet. Consultants cost significantly less than navigating the claim on your own, and they can help provide you ideas that may improve your record keeping to protect against future disputes.

Bio: Lyle Charles Consulting specializes in working on small and large commercial construction projects. Lyle Charles is an expert witness with over 40 years of experience in the field of construction claims.

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