Most construction projects show every sign that they are going to end in success. Your meeting with the general contractor goes well, the subcontractors arrive when scheduled, and the materials appear to be what you asked for.
Then, somewhere along the way, the project goes off-track. Before you know it, milestones are being missed and worker engagement has plummeted. As the property owner, what can you do to get things back on track and protect your investment.
Option #1: Say No to Scope Creep
Scope creep occurs when a project’s scope changes or grows after the project begins. It usually happens when the scope was not properly defined and documented in the first place or correctly controlled once work was in progress. If you’re noticing that the scope of work is constantly changing, talk to the general contractor immediately and determine what needs to be done to bring the project within its original parameters.
Option #2: Revise the Scope
If you’ve never been involved in a construction project before, it’s easy to create a scope that’s too large to be completed in the time allocated. If this is happening, you may need to revise the scope with the general contractor so that it reflects reasonable (instead of ideal) outcomes.
Option #3: Request Overtime
This option won’t be popular with the construction team, but may be necessary if the project is seriously off-track. Be aware that overtime requests can impact morale and motivation, but if you provide a clear idea of how many days it will be needed, everyone on the team will be more likely to understand and accept it.
Option #4: Fast-Track Tasks
This approach identifies tasks that are currently scheduled to be done in order and changes them to be completed simultaneously. The goal is to do more work in less time. A similar approach, known as partial overlapping, identifies tasks that can begin before the previous ones are complete.
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