If there is one area where you do not want to get a late start, it would be in planning a major construction project. Shockingly, far too many projects are planned hastily, spending far more time on the design and blueprint stages. Planning, however, is where you put those dreams into action to make the overall project a success. The more time that is spent on planning, the bigger the payoff on the back end, as you have likely looked and planned for just about every contingency possible.
In construction, there are tools called the Ability to Influence Outcome Curve and the Ability to Influence Cost Curve. When you look at these two tools, planning has the biggest impact on overall outcome as well as being the largest influencer on overall impact. This is because good planning allows you to change course on issues that could create significant excess costs during the construction phase.
If you are hiring a residential construction manager, you will quickly learn they are invaluable during the construction phase. However, their true value is during the planning stage, especially for a homeowner without construction experience. You are probably tired of hearing the word “experience” by now, but it plays a significant role in benefitting you during these planning stages. Their ability to analyze the project and spot deficiencies as well as areas that can be adjusted to save money can literally recover the fee paid for working on the project.
Another term I use often is making sure that everyone is on the “same page.” Early planning enables not only the homeowner and project manager to get on the same page, but it also enables the project manager to hire the proper crew to ensure everyone in the crew is on the same page and has the same vision for the project.
The planning of construction of a new home is a creative process, and you surely have a “vision” and budget in mind when you are first getting started. In reality, every aspect of that dream may not be realistic with the budget you have, which is why early planning is so crucial. You can use 3D models and conceptual drawings to iron out the details, as well as construction software that can cost everything out down to the last screw and nail. Again, the earlier you do this, the more time you have to make changes to your plan to ensure the team can execute it.
If you are interested in hiring a residential construction project manager for your new home build, we would love to discuss the project with you. The consultation is free of charge and you are under no obligation to use our services just for speaking with us. However, we believe that once we discuss your dream project and how we can make it come true, you will be confident that we are the team you want to work with! Give us a call today at 888-402-4180.