There are many reasons why people dream about building, from their dream home to financial success. Whatever your reasons for making plans to build, seeing these plans become a reality is exciting and stressful. But there are ways to alleviate that stress so you can enjoy the excitement of watching your project come to fruition.
You may have a firm idea of what you’d like your finished building project to look like, but unless you’re qualified, it’s essential to hire an architect. Even a simple structure must be designed appropriately to ensure it stays upright and meets building codes.
The right architect for your needs will collaborate well with you, listen to your ideas, and find solutions you’re happy with should they not be viable. Be sure to find one who specializes in the type of building you wish to build, a commercial architect for a commercial building, etc.
2. Project manager
Once you have a plan in place, land bought, blueprints drawn up, and necessary permits organized, it’s time to get your building made. There are two options for project management, do it yourself or hire a dedicated PM.
A good project manager has excellent time management skills, good at collaborating, and is proficient with using BIM tools to assist them. Many people do a fantastic job overseeing the project management side themselves, but if you feel any areas are beyond you, hire a professional.
While the project manager oversees the various aspects of planning and construction, the building contractor will physically get the structure built. When considering bid proposals from contractors, don’t only look at the price; consider reputation, availability, and communication.
You want a contractor who consistently puts out good work, is easy to deal with, isn’t cutting corners to lower the cost, nor needlessly overinflating the price. And, of course, they need to be available when you’re ready to start building, which means not leaving it to the last minute to try to find one.
All of these things are mainly dictated by the budget. As such, set a realistic budget and ensure all the involved agencies are aware of that budget, so they know what they’re working with. The architect can help you scale expectations to fit the reality, while the project manager will ensure costs don’t get blown out during the build.
5. Be Present
Whether or not you take on the role of project manager, as the client, it’s wise to follow progress on the building site. Regularly visiting the site allows you to see firsthand how the build is progressing and speak to the contractor and project manager in person.
If any party has concerns, they can be addressed quickly, allowing work to run smoothly. If you haven’t taken on the project manager role, though, don’t be on-site too often, as you can become an unintentional hindrance.
With the right team of people behind you and taking an interest in the building process, you’ll soon be enjoying the satisfaction of seeing your building standing and functioning as you’d imagined.