Delays in construction projects can be quite frustrating, especially when it’s your new home that’s being delayed. However, these delays are more than just a nuisance—they can also result in increased costs, which hits you right in the bank account.
With this in mind, what are some steps you can take to prevent building delays when working with a custom home builder in Pennsylvania? Here are just a few examples:
- Limit changes: Have a plan before you go into the construction process, and make all your decisions ahead of time. One of the biggest reasons that building projects tend to get delayed is that the client submits frequent change orders, which can throw a wrench in the builder’s own plans. By working with your home builder in advance to go through all the issues you need to confront as part of your design and make all the necessary decisions, you can really help yourself avoid some big delays.
- Have clear deadlines: Without firm deadlines in place, it becomes easier for the schedule to start to drag out and elongate over time. The team should have clear deadlines for everything, ranging from project milestones to individual meetings. The more organized and planned out the construction process, the better it will be for everyone involved. Once a preliminary design is in place, the builder should be able to provide a rough timetable for permitting, site work, framing and then all finishing and other construction processes.
- Take part in meetings before construction: Once you’ve got the design plans done and the contract signed, there are going to be pre-construction meetings that take place. When you have the opportunity to take part in these meetings, do so! This is your best opportunity to confirm the selections of the various products and materials that will be used in your project and to make any final corrections before the actual work begins. This is another way you can avoid changes being made in the middle of the construction process—if you are in on these meetings and are fully aware of all the plans that are in place, you’re able to make any last-minute changes before the team breaks ground so you can minimize disruptions and delays later on.
- Understand that some delays are unavoidable: There are some points in the construction process where waiting is really all you can do. Sometimes weather makes certain construction processes difficult to accomplish, and all you can really do is wait for it to blow over. In other cases, you may need to wait a certain amount of time for permitting to go through, or for other contractors (like electrical or plumbing) to get in and get their work done before the next phase of construction can be completed. There are always going to be some delays associated with construction projects—this is inevitable. The contractors you’ve selected for building the home can give you a better idea of what to expect in this regard.
For more information about the various steps you can take to deal with and prevent potential delays when working with a custom home builder in Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact WSL Incorporated. We always put together a clear schedule for our clients so they’re able to see the different steps of the construction process and understand when various decisions have to be made.