So-o-o-o . . .Construction Project Management is generally getting the home physically built. Being organized is important. Here are two forms that will help you.
Here's Some Areas of Construction Management You'll Need To Master
• Dealing with your subcontractors - contracts, change orders, etc.
• Purchasing your materials - purchase orders, paying the bills
• Getting your subcontractors and materials
on the job site at the right time (Daily Schedulilng)
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
Home building requires a substantial time commitment. If you plan to be an Owner Builder, there will be many times that you will need to be on the phone early in the morning talking to subs or ordering additional materials.
you will often need to be at the job site at different times during
the day to receive or secure materials, answer questions, and
inspect the quality of the work. Below you will discover some
of your options. In other words, it’s not all or nothing. You
can choose the level of your involvement.
YOU DO IT ALL
You can do most of your checking in the early
morning and after work, but occasionally you’ll have to
meet someone there during the day. If your spouse can help out
here, you’re in business.
GET SOME HELP
A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
A retired builder or job superintendent
is often a good choice. You may be able to find such a person
through a building supplies dealer or a local labor union. Of
course, choosing this option will automatically reduce some of
the hands-on control you will have over the project. If you go
this route, find someone you communicate well with, and have a
clear understanding as to the duties and compensation involved.
A BUILDER AS A CONSULTANT
For many people paying a professional to “hold their hand” is a comfort worth paying for, and could even be required by a nervous lender.
HIRE A BUILDER
This is your final option and the one that
offers the least control. It can still be a tremendously rewarding
experience, if you have prepared yourself with the knowledge
you need to be an equal in the relationship with your builder.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
Your construction management activities can be grouped into the following:
1. Daily Scheduling
In all of this, you will be primarily concerned with controlling the quality of the construction and keeping the project reasonably on schedule. That is, insuring that what is placed on the ground is in accordance with what is called for in the plans and specifications, and that the quality of construction meets generally acceptable industry standards for homes of similar design and cost in your area.
These topics - permits, purchasing, scheduling, inspections, quality control, cost control, and cost accounting - are sufficiently involved to demand their own pages. Anyway, this one has already gotten too long!
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