A fast track construction project can instill anxiety in even the most organized, accomplished, and productive contractors. If one of your clients gives you a tight deadline on a potential project, follow these tips to get through the job.
Thoroughly Assess Your Capabilities
Some contractors can’t handle fast track construction projects, especially when they already have three other jobs in the works. Before you agree to a fast track proposition, thoroughly assess your team members, schedule, equipment availability, and other details to determine whether you can reasonably expect to meet the deadline.
After your analysis, you might decide that you can finish the project on time, but only if you put subcontractors to work. First, ask your client whether he or she is amenable to this possibility. Some buildings owners don’t want to take risks with subcontractors, while others are fine using their contractors’ judgment.
If your client agrees, find out whether a trusted subcontractor can take the world. Your successful completion of the project is predicated on your ability to deliver, so handle all of the administrative details now. According to Oscia Wilson of Boiled Architecture, starting subcontractors on custom or detail-oriented work early can speed up a fast track project.
Give Thought to Price
Fast track projects carry significant risk, according to Construction Informer, but they also offer attractive rewards. For one thing, you can charge more for a fast track project because it consumes more of your resources and forces you to put other work on hold.
Think about costs you might incur throughout the project. For example, you might have to source materials from a more expensive supplier because your regular vendor doesn’t have what you need in stock. Factor all of those expenses into your estimate for the project.
In many cases, a fast track construction project depends on the contractor’s ability to work with other professionals on the job, from the architect to the designer. If you can complete each phase of the project concurrently, you’ll set yourself up for an on-time delivery.
Consider using technology to keep everyone connected. A cloud-based file storage system, such as Dropbox, allows multiple users to share documents, images, and other files without the hassle of email or SMS messaging. You could also use a project management application or set up regular conference calls via FaceTime.
Take Change in Stride
Writing for Area Development, Stantec Senior Principal David A. Kemper recommends embracing change throughout a fast track project. Expect last-minute alterations and try to take them in stride. If you stress over every change, you won’t put forth your best effort, whether the project is new construction or a remodel.
Fast track construction projects offer an opportunity to showcase your skills in a short time frame. Whether or not you take the job, make sure you’re current on your continuing education classes so you keep your contractor’s license in good standing. To update your CE, start your course now.