Smart Scheduling Helps Projects to Finish on Time
Whether you’re a pro or a homeowner contracting your own project, meticulous planning will help you to stay on time and on budget.
Synopsis: There’s no getting around the fact that any building project — from a simple addition to an entire house — is going to involve a financial investment. One way you can help to keep costs under control is to keep your project on track. In this article, veteran builder Michael Patterson describes the importance of scheduling for a building project. A schedule helps you to break down a project into its basic tasks, then plan them in an efficient, effective manner. While calendars can get the job done, Patterson is a fan of the Gantt chart, which allows him to look at a project as a whole while also being able to consider its individual components. The Gantt chart also is adaptable for times when tasks go awry or require adjustment. This article includes a sample Gantt chart describing the tasks and timeline for a sample kitchen-addition renovation.
It’s been said that stereotypes are stereotypes because they contain a grain of truth. While “two weeks” may be funny, it hits close enough to home that whatever smile we contractors may have is a bit pinched, and whatever smiles our clients may have are knowing ones. I’m all for smiles, but I’d rather they be the satisfied grins of contractors and homeowners whose jobs went according to plan. Scheduling a project well ensures that satisfied grins are the rule.
Schedules allow me to plan my work so that I have an answer when a potential client asks, “When can you start?” They allow me to give subs plenty of notice for when I’ll need them, increasing the chances they’ll show up on time. Subs appreciate knowing what work they’ve got coming, and they respect contractors who run their jobs well. Mostly, though, a good schedule saves time, which…