How to Plan a Successful Building Project


Many people are strongly tempted to dive head fast into home development or remodeling. They often think that they will finish the project faster when they start sooner. If you haven’t done some planning, it will not work that way. Each design contractor or professionals run their business differently. Here are the steps to help you plan a successful building project.

1. Choose a Design Professional
To create a detailed scope of work or plan, most people hire interior designers or architects. Each state also has varied licenses. Many designers work on the less-complex projects that don’t involve a lot of work. Architects take all work ranges. Meeting with the designer is the first step of selecting one. It is an opportunity to understand the services offered by each firm as they meet your expectations. You should also stick to your budget.

2. Create a Plan
After selecting a design company, you are set to commence the work of making a plan. A plan is a schematic design that involves laying out simple exterior views, floor plan, and other entities. The professional takes some time to work on them. If the work is complex with additional changes, the time can also vary.

3. Interview Contractors
Once the final scheme or construction plan is complete, the contractors can be brought on board. They will study the idea of how the home will be constructed, the floor plan, and the selection of material. They will provide the estimated cost with this information. As part of their interview process, they are asked to estimate the cost. The process can last anywhere between four to six weeks.

4. Shop while Others are Engineering
If you hate shopping, you can ask a designer to do the work for you. Even if you love shopping, the options can overwhelm you to seek professional input. It is good to have everything selected ahead of the construction time. Give yourself about two months to bring everything on board. Sometimes you can combine two steps to proceed faster.

5. Get your Permits
Depending on your project scope and location, permitting can take between days to few months. Have an idea about the process length to help you note the project starting date. Depending on the project width and your location, the permit fees can range from few hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.

6. Ready, Set
With the material selection made and plan submitted for permits, your contractor can finish up the pricing and write a construction contract. Value engineering will take place if the selected material costs more. Sourcing cheaper construction material will do cost reduction.

All these steps may take about six months to complete. However, each step taken brings you closer to project start.