Written by Lyle Charles
Construction consultants are an indispensable part of the construction industry. They help owners and managers such as yourself make the best possible decision based on the given set of facts that are available to you. The biggest problem perhaps when it comes to the construction industry is staying on schedule. You might be thinking right about now that, “who couldn’t keep a schedule?” but the fact of the matter is that a construction schedule is harder to keep than it sounds. Delays are more real than apparent in the construction industry because of factors such as weather, working conditions, and labor problems as well. If you want to avoid delays in construction, you need to make sure that you plan properly and accordingly. This means that you should have contingencies for delays so you can get back on schedule. Another good idea is to always have allowances for stages of the construction project. If you can do it in ten days, ask for an additional few days for allowance so you can anticipate problems in construction. Of course, you shouldn’t be lying to your client, what you should do instead is to negotiate your contract properly so that there wouldn’t be any problems down the road. Claiming that you can do something in five days when you can actually do it in one amounts to fraud, and this is something that can get you in a whole lot of trouble. The best way to ask for allowances is to lay your cards on the table.