Your choice of a contractor is what will determine how long the project life cycle will last and how much the project will cost in the end. It is no wonder anyone who has done this kind of job before will advise you on ensuring you take the process of finding a good service provider with the seriousness and magnitude it deserves. Regardless of the size of the project that you have, you cannot afford to settle for just any other contractor. By the end of the day, you will have yourself to thank when you land on a professional with an impeccable reputation and lots of experience. When you find yourself a good service provider, the next important thing is to ensure the project is successful by following the following guidelines.
You must put in enough effort and great diligence if the project were to complete within the stipulated time frame and within budget. You must endeavor to be a good client to your construction team by ensuring you are managing the project actively. It is important that you make the construction team enjoy working with and for you. You wouldn’t want to be abusive, petty and all bossy to everyone all the time just because a simple deadline wasn’t met. Be friendly, accommodative and decisive and more importantly ensure you hold your end of the bargain. This is especially true when it comes to prompt payments during the agreeing points in the project cycle.
The other critical step to the success of your project is to establish a good line of communication. Most people would advise setting communication guidelines before project commencement. This you could do by setting aside one day of the week for an onsite visit to check on project progress. It could also be calling or texting the job foreman each day at an agreed time that is convenient for both. Always maintain a project journal where you write ideas, questions to ask the contractor, note job progress and even jot down delivery dates. This way, you will be able to have clear communication with records of what was said, by who, and when which may act as proof when disputes arise and need to be ironed out for smooth running of the project.
It is also important that any changes to be made once the project commences are done in writing. Of course, a good contractor will gladly accommodate and implement the changes. Note that you both must append your signatures on these changes so that the document can be legally binding.