Construction Time

There is a big difference between regular time and “construction time.” It’s not unusual for a component of your project to take a month when it was previously planned to require a week. It is imperative that you ask your contractor up front for a detailed timeline and make sure there is plenty of padding built into the schedule for contingencies. Following are just a few examples of factors that can throw a construction schedule completely off track.

Lead time for materials: Supplies such as doors and windows can take months to arrive, particularly if they are custom sizes. Likewise, cabinets will take several weeks to build whether you are ordering them from a manufacturer or having your contractor’s team build them in-house. 

Building inspector correction requests: Check your contractor’s proposed time line for adequate post-inspection time. There should be at least a day or two of inspection follow-up reserved after each inspection appointment. Even if you end up being fortunate to pass inspection every step of the way, it won’t hurt to have a little extra padding built into the schedule.


Competing projects: There will come a time when a fire needs to be put out at another job site at the same time a key vendor is scheduled to be at your job. Naturally, no one can physically be in two places at once, and if another job requires immediate attention, yours is likely to take a back seat that day. 


Natural disasters: Member(s) of your crew may need to be dispatched to a fire or earthquake site to perform emergency services. This can often happen if you are employing a construction company who contracts directly with insurance companies. 


Remember that every day progress is delayed costs money. If you find that you need to touch base with your contractor on a daily basis to keep him on schedule, or provide incentives for completing your job on schedule, you should not be afraid to do so.



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