Top 10 Scheduling mistakes contractors should avoid

In the construction industry, scheduling in extremely important because it clearly says what might go right and what could go wrong. The schedule is often the blueprint that the owner receives from a contractor displaying his professionalism in planning and management. Several disruptions, delays, and productivity loss are caused due to the errors and mistakes in the schedule and plan of operations. In fact, a great deal of thought and attention-to-detail is required to create an accurate construction schedule. We provide you with some of the scheduling mistakes to watch out for in order to improve your company’s productivity and success.

  1. Failure to consider weather restraints: Weather is very unpredictable and can negatively impact the project’s success. While scheduling, it is important to take into consideration the delays that are caused due to weather restraints. As it is impossible to predict what kind of weather you will have to deal with, ensure to consider weather problems while scheduling. This not only keeps you prepared for any potential weather delays but also provides with extra time to complete the project.
  2. Overlooking procurement of critical materials: This is another common mistake committed while evaluating the resources required for the completion of the project. As a contractor, it is important for you to carefully evaluate what materials you will need to complete the project successfully, in the initial stages only.
  3. Promising unrealistic resource pool: Every construction company has a different resource pool. Therefore, it is important to plan accordingly. In order to escape failure, you must take into consideration the limited resources while scheduling. Drawing out a proper plan not only helps in avoiding in resource allocation mistakes but also prevents project delays.
  4. Lack of detail: Schedule delays are also caused due to failure in providing in–depth details for specific tasks. The work that will go into each task must be adequately described. Adding details to the plan will help you keep the project on track.
  5. No basis for schedule: Schedules without any proof or basis, will not be accurate or reliable. A logical reasoning and solid foundation are very important to back up your schedule.
  6. Neglecting basic safety measures: Failing to stay updated on basic requirements and protocols will undoubtedly put your workers in life-threatening situations. Therefore, be up-to-date on fall prevention, ladder safety measures and right usage of the scaffold.
  7. Over-commitment of construction firms: Most of the construction firms are over-loaded by taking more projects than what they can handle. The multitude of projects beyond a contractor or construction company’s capacity often causes the delay in delivery of the projects.
  8. Lack of skilled labors and high-quality professionals: There is a high demand for skilled labor and professional in the construction industry. Many companies lack high turn-over of skilled technicians, engineers, and labors. This impacts the successful completion of the project during the high peak of the construction period.
  9. Errors in communication: Many surveys have revealed that communication was an issue within their entire team. These communication failures have paved way for several loopholes in the way the team carries out their tasks, thus reducing productivity.
  10. The scope of work is not initially understood: It is important to outline the scope of work specifically at the initial stages because it clearly states what exactly is expected and makes sure the contract is clear and well-defined, further avoiding the delays and changes in the original plan.

Avoid the above listed mistakes and increase the project’s success rate to a great extent. Stay logged in to A F Alber to keep yourself updated on various aspects of construction management and solutions.