Owners make mistakes too

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Business, Contracting, Helpful Hints

If you talk to someone who’s been through a project (even a kitchen remodel) they will have a list of things they would do differently. Going in to the project it seems like no big deal and you are excited to do something new. Maybe your business is expanding so you need more room or you are succeeding and doing well so you want to improve your home or your office. But after it’s all said and done you realize there’s no magic to it. It’s a lot of work and most people are hugely disappointed in the process. Here are some common mistakes people make dealing with construction.

  1. Owners believe it’s no big deal. You pour a little concrete and you slap some wood together. It’s not that big of a deal. Perhaps it shouldn’t be but even a simple kitchen remodel has a lot of different elements to it that all have to work together and look good when it’s done. You either have to know how to get it done right or trust the contractor which leads me to #2.
  2. Owners believe the contractor. Let me say that the majority of contractors out there are honest and hard working people. But even the best of them have things come up and as a result your project may not be done when you expected and it may not look like you expected. There are all kinds of contractors out there and working with them to get what you want is not as simple as it seems it should be.
  3. Owners make changes. Most people don’t really know what they want (honesty here). Once they see how it looks and feels they want to change something. Or perhaps what they thought was a good idea turns out to not be so good. Changes are a killer to a project and change orders are often the biggest point of contention on a project. The secret is to know what you want and then not make changes during construction as much as possible.

There are a number of other things that are like landmines on a project just waiting to blow the whole thing up. Most people don’t understand things like contracting, protecting yourself against liens, managing risk with insurance, how the flow of money affects the project, etc. The business of construction can sometimes be more complicated than the actual work. That is why many owners are turning to construction managers to guide owners through the process and help make the project a success.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at service@raconsulting.cc or use the contact form.

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