The video below walks thru the importance of a construction schedule and what you need to know about project schedules for any type of building project. Home remodels, renovations, additions, home improvement projects, commercial construction projects, tenant improvements, etc., all should have a construction schedule prior to starting the project. Watch this video to understand the importance of a project schedule.
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What are Pre-Construction Services I keep hearing builders and contractors talking about?
Pre-construction Services are additional services that some builders and construction managers will provide to clients at the front end of a construction project prior to starting. The main purpose of pre-construction services is to assist the client from the beginning of a project at project conception in achieving their design and budget goals. The end result of the pre-construction process is typically saving the client time and money. I will go into greater detail of what services the contractor may include below. Builders and Construction Managers typically charge a fee for pre-construction services.
What does the Contractor include in the Pre-Construction Services?
The services provided by builders and construction managers during the pre-construction phase of a project will vary depending on the point at which they were hired on the project and the particular type of project. Below is a list of what your contractor may provide during the pre-construction process.
- Understanding the Mission, the Ultimate Goal.
The contractor will need to fully understand what the client wants to achieve. Everything must be disclosed in order for the process to succeed: Budgets, Design Ideas, Location, Timeline, Personality Concerns, etc. It is very important for the client to understand that everything associated with the project must be openly shared with the builder at this point.
- Project Site Review.
The contractor will walk the project site to provide information on: utilities, local government jurisdiction concerns, construction ideas, soil conditions.
- Construction Team Recommendations.
The builder may provide you with suggestions on other organizations that will need to be a part of the construction team. Some of these may include: Architects, Lenders, Engineers, Designers, Real Estate Agents, Land Brokers, Insurance Brokers.
- Preliminary Estimates.
At different phases of the pre-construction process your contractor may provide you with preliminary cost estimates. As the project continues to develop the preliminary estimates can be updated and the information become more accurate.
- Value Engineering / Scope Reduction.
Should there be a discrepancy between initial designs and client budgets, the contractor can recommend alternate materials and construction methods to bring then in sync.
- Constructability and Material Suggestions.
As the project design is developing, the builder will periodically review the construction drawings and documents to make suggestions on materials, construction related concerns, and building systems. This is also a good time to discuss green building options.
The preliminary construction schedule works a lot like the preliminary estimate. The builder will develop a preliminary construction schedule showing the timelines of the different activities that will occur during the construction process. This schedule will be periodically updated as the project design evolves.
The contractor will put the construction drawings and documents out for bid when the following conditions are met: construction drawings are 100% complete, all drawings and documents have been approved by the client, the documents are in sync with the latest estimate and schedule. Once the contractor has received all their bids, they can then present a cost proposal to the client. At this point, if you have not already done so, you will want to discuss the Construction Contract / Agreement and if there are other options to discuss.
I strongly suggest that a builder, contractor, construction manager, construction consultant be hired for pre-construction services for all construction projects. You will never understand all of the benefits this service will provide the client and project unless you have been thru the headaches of a project without it. The minor fees that are charged for pre-construction services will ultimately be nominal compared to the time and money they will save the client.
Tip from the Builder: prepare your home, building, land and property for summer.
There are a few things that you will need to do to prepare your house, land, building, property for the upcoming summer. The weather has changed and your building or property needs your help to prepare. These items will vary depending on your location and environment.
Conditioned Air Space:
You may need to change your mechanical units (HVAC) from Heating to Cooling. There should be a switch on the controller or thermostat that will allow you to make this adjustment. Be sure to also replace your air filters.
The plants and grass will need changes made to the watering schedule. Make sure to adjust the irrigation timer for each individual zone.
Pool / Water feature:
Pools and water features will require additional attention during hotter days. You will need to adjust the pump filter timer and possibly the chemicals required for the summer months.
There should be a small lever on the side of your ceiling fans to change the direction of the fan for the summer. If you changed the direction for this past winter, be sure to move it back to blow the air down for summer months.
Enjoy your upcoming summer. Ours in sunny Arizona is already here. For additional free assistance with anything Building and Construction related please click on the Blogroll to the right on this page and also try searching for us (Erus Builders and Jimi Holt) on the internet. If you did not find it there, contact us and we will assist. Thank You, Jim Holt
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