The Most Common Reasons Construction Projects Are Delayed
Delays can be caused by anything: the client, the crew, equipment malfunctions, weather … the list goes on. But no matter how large or small a project, delays are never a good thing. When a job is behind schedule, it impacts everybody on the project, and likely the next scheduled project or build. Estimates get thrown off, rush fees ensue, and general disdain for the job can surface.
Thankfully, all of this can be avoided. Working with integrated construction software can keep everyone on the same page, jobs and duties on time, equipment and worker status visible, and timelines transparent. Below, we look at the six most common reasons construction jobs are delayed and how Viewpoint can help avoid them.
As a contractor, misquoting a job estimate can be massively detrimental; some jobs are shut down for weeks, months, or even dropped altogether. Accurate estimating ensures there is always enough money for materials, wages, and more. Using estimating software simplifies bids, estimates, and financial project planning and makes the process somewhat foolproof.
2. Overbooked crew
Correctly allocating a work crew can make or break a construction timeline. Rushing from project to project is inefficient, and risks cutting corners. This is an easy fix. Don’t take on too much within the same timeline, and use a scheduling system that gives all parties an overview of worker status.
Everyone at some point in their career has played the dreaded waiting game. Waiting for someone, somewhere to make a decision that is keeping the entire project from moving forward. As a leader on the job, you have to make decisions and keep things going. Coordinating actions and approving items quickly can keep jobs on time (maybe even ahead of time) and in some cases, under budget.
Stay on top of schedules and budgets to avoid delays.
4. Subcontractor schedules
To keep tabs on outside vendors and subs, integrate every work order into the timeline and clearly communicate expectations ahead of time. If a subcontractor is spread too thin, or unaware of a larger project’s timeline, it can cause a delay in every subsequent job on the build. Open communication is essential in keeping projects running without a hitch.
5. Poor communication
When the right hand isn’t talking to the left hand, things can get delayed, and in some cases, done wrong. Whether it’s communication from an owner, client, project manager or crew, everyone should be apprised of change orders. Using an integrated construction software keeps everyone aware of changes and notes no matter how large or small.
Viewpoint Construction Software may be fantastic, but weather is one of those things we have zero control over. Understanding that extreme conditions are out of anyone’s hands allows you to be prepared, which can make a difference. If weather is hot and humid, or cold and snowy, account for a slower pace in the timeline, and follow safe practices for crews. When wet weather hits, providing a work team with waterproof gear and appropriate jobs can keep things moving.