It’s not often that you can guarantee that something will happen. For example, go to a USPS or UPS store and pay for priority delivery. It’s almost part of the transaction for them to tell you that three days later would be the estimated date, but that they can’t guarantee it. Likewise, ethics rules prevent lawyers from telling clients that they guarantee a specific result. Why? Because if it doesn’t happen, that will be another merry lawsuit or bar complaint initiated by the client. Plus, there are so many variables, that who knows what will really happen anyway.
The same goes for construction projects: You have an idea in mind and think that by hiring the right people, it’ll get done in a vacuum. And while you should definitely get what you’re paying for, you should also know that there are certain issues within the industry that may cause a few surprises to pop up.
Nobody starts a project excited about the prospect of applying for permits. In fact, it’s probably just a tiny blip on your radar (if that). However, to get from point A to point B, you have to start at point A, right? Which is… you guessed it! Having the permits to do it! For those of us located in Tampa Bay, tampagov.net is your first stop. The Planning and Development Department is the section where you go to apply for permits, schedule inspections, pay fees, and check up on the status of your application. It may be boring stuff, but it’s the only way to ensure that all projects comply with safety measures and building code regulations.
Having a Contingency Budget
Before you get mad at us for this one, know that there are ways you can control this (answer emails and phone calls from your Owner’s Representative promptly, for one). But even if you’re extremely careful with your planning, you’d be doing yourself a favor by having a contingency budget. The amount that you should set aside for it would depend on the type of project and the likelihood of foreseeable risks occurring. The higher the risk, the higher the budget.
One way of minimizing these risks is by hiring an Owners Representative who’s well versed in the construction industry who can (a) conduct a pretty solid assessment, and (b) have established relationships with the best in the industry. A Google search is not going to do that for you. But InVision Advisors will.
Be aware of exigent circumstances
It doesn’t matter how well planned you are, sometimes, mother nature throws us a curveball with an extreme heat wave, heavy thunderstorms, or a hurricane. Now matter how stubborn you are, when one of these scenarios happen, you’re going to have to put things on hold until it’s safe to resume construction. The last thing you need on your plate is a long list of Workers’ Compensation claims, or even worse, a wrongful death lawsuit.
Sometimes, you just have to roll with the punches (to learn how to do this Han Solo style, click here). But this doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a “when it rains, it pours” mentality. By hiring a good OR, we’ll make sure to reduce any factors that would halt your project, and to get you to that ribbon cutting ceremony on a date that will make you happy.
Good luck and keep your hard hat tight.