What are the first steps to begin a construction project?

A construction project does not begin with breaking ground. Rather the most important parts of laying the groundwork to complete a successful construction project involves no physical labor at all, rather it's the planning portion that begins before digging or laying a single brick. Here's a rundown of how to keep track of before you get started.

Create a Checklist

Just like when the demands of life can feel overwhelming and making a to-do list can be invaluable in returning you to feeling in charge of what you need to get done, starting off by writing a checklist is a great way to stay on top of all of the details before you even begin and insures that nothing falls through the cracks only to pop back up at the most inconvenient time. Include absolutely everything that will need to be planned for before beginning construction and in the earliest stages, whether or not it is a task for you to complete, or one which you'll be delegating to someone else. And then take full satisfaction every time you get to check off an item as completed.

Create a Timeline

Of equal importance to figuring out what needs to get done in achieving success on your construction job, is figuring out when it will get done, especially in relation to everything else. So much of being able to complete a task depends on whether one or more other things have been completed, and getting the timing wrong could spell disaster. For example, if your rental equipment shows up before you've made arrangements for job site storage, not only have you made an error that will be costly and time consuming, but mistakes like these can add up to failure for a project. It is vital that you map out the timeline so that all the aspects of the job will come together as seamlessly as possible.

Budget for Delays

Even more likely than a project going over budget financially, is that things will take longer than expected. Whether it is delays of delivery, staffing shortages or terrible weather forcing a halt in work, there will be times when your project just won't be able to stay on schedule. Some things cannot be controlled, and it's important that you build some time into both your timeline and your financial budget to account for this. But there are also some parts of construction that are notorious for holding the job up, that handled properly, won't hold your project up. Having the correct permits, for example, is well known for being a cause of delay and headaches on construction sites. But rather than budget extra time towards this, start off by getting the permits as efficiently and smartly as possible to prevent delays down the road.

Make Sure Your Permits Are in Order

It can seem as though it doesn't make sense to put this towards the end of the list, as not having your correct permits in order can derail every aspect of your project that you've so carefully planned for. But the fact is, that a lot of the planning stage, from timelines to scope of work, need to be addressed before the correct permits can be filed. Whether your project is entirely new construction or a remodeling, what sort of fence you may be building, whether there is a lien on the property, what models of window and so much more will affect the permits that you'll be needing. More information about what permits you'll need to build in Miami is available here. One of the most useful professionals you can hire is a permit expediter. By choosing a professional who is expert at every aspect of Miami permitting and licensing laws, you'll be guaranteeing that you'll know exactly which permits you need for your project, and that you'll get them as quickly as possible. It also means that while you manage and prepare the earliest stages of your project, you'll know that the most capable person is taking care of all the legal aspects of permitting. Get in touch now for a free quote.