How to take the work out of planning a job

A massive part of doing good construction work relies on your ability to visualize, conceive and pre think every stage of the work that needs to happen in a very linear and practical way. Focusing on all of the relevant factors and coming to a final decision about how you will best tackle any problems you may have during the work itself. A lot of this ability will come with time and experience and a tradesman who has earned his stripes  can most likely walk onto a proposed site and identify exactly what needs to happen and how they will go about it to achieve the best results. However for a greener contractor it might be a slightly confusing process.

It’s important that as when you are new and fairly inexperienced that you turn every mistake into a potential learning opportunity and you build on those flaws the next time round. However you r own personal knowledge of the trade will only go so far as even the professionals have tools and methods to cut out as much of the physical graft in the job of planning as possible and that is what we will be taking a look at here.

 

Extra Eyes

 

Two pairs of eyes are better than one and the process of sizing up the work ahead will go way smoother if you have somebody trying to cover your tracks and make sure that everything is being attended to and examined with the appropriate level of scrutiny. After all it’s easy for one person to miss a vital detail simply because they were focused on something else, whereas the other person may no0t be distracted in the same way, especially if their job is to spot where you have missed out. Make sure you keep a detailed list of all of the necessary work that you uncover for the later quoting phase.

The person that you entrust to do all of this will have to be a fairly reliable and experienced builder, not necessarily a high position but somebody with a keen eye and a practical mind to identify al of the stages involved in quoting and estimation so you can trust what they are pointing out to you and not just follow along because they don’t know any better.

 

Software

 

There is a whole new approach to estimation and planning of upcoming work that is taking the construction industry by a veritable storm and that is the advent of using specialized software for builders to effectively plan, track and provide quotation for any upcoming work that you may be prospecting potential clients for and to accurately breakdown all of the work that will be undertaken and exactly how much that will cost them both in terms of the material costs and you own labor and expense cost. Not only are they great for customers due to their clarity and ease of understanding but they also give a great impression of your company as one that is innovating and using the very best resources and systems available in order to give the best quality of work for their clients. And that in itself could be enough to sway a customer in two minds.

So if you serve alot of commercial clients or you are looking to take the way people view your company and the work you do as more professional, organized and calculated than all of your local competition then it’s a great investment. However it also has a number of benefits’ for you as the tradesmen as well, things like being able to log work completed and send itemized updates on the work as it is completed.

 

Don’t underestimate your clients input

 

While your client is most probably not going to be very experience in the construction trade, they are however, your client and they should have a clear idea of what they want and if they don’t it’s up to you to help them figure out what that is. Their input is probably the most important thing that you will have to take into consideration, after all it doesn’t matter how professional and high quality the work is, if it’s not up to the clients specifications then it isn’t very useful to them is it?

So take that extra time to ensure that you and the client are both on the same page moving forward and that you understand what they want when the works all said and done.