Important Pre-Construction Considerations for Contractors

Construction company owners and project managers know that a successful job requires successful pre-planning. The first day of a brand new contract is not the time to begin preparing for the work. You’ll need to know well in advance what will be required, especially when it comes to labor, equipment, materials, subcontractors and more. Here are some things that need to be considered well before you break ground on a new project. 

Putting Safety First

Prioritizing safety is good for everyone. Your clients, your crew members and anyone impacted by the project benefit from a comprehensive safety plan. Construction work zones are inherently hazardous from working on ladders and scaffolding to operating heavy machinery and dangerous equipment. It’s up to you to make sure all site personnel are not only trained for safety, but everyone should have the necessary protective wear also. Consider hiring a safety manager to regularly inspect, correct and instruct when it comes to site issues.

Preparing Contingencies

When it comes to projects, there are certain important benchmarks for progress. The scope, schedule, budget and quality of a job are performance standards that you have to establish and maintain for the entire duration. You need to be prepared for unforeseen problems and circumstances beyond your control that can threaten job performance. Issues such as extreme weather events and an equipment breakdown requiring crane repairs Chattanooga can negatively impact progress. Have a plan (or two) well in advance.

Covering Your Work

As a contractor, you’ll have to secure insurance for your work. Your clients might expect you to have professional liability insurance to cover any errors or negligence. If something happens to your project before it’s complete, you’ll need builders’ risk insurance to cover a project before the owner accepts it as an asset.

When it comes to project management, you have to prepare for success well before the job or assignment. As a contractor, it’s important to have things in place before the contract starts. These are just a few of the many things for you to plan.

 

Clare Louise

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