If you want to make sure that your upcoming building project stays on schedule, here are some steps that you should take.
Notify your building surveyor immediately if you make changes to the original plans
If you and your contractor decide to make significant changes to your original plans at any point through your construction project, it is extremely important to notify your building surveyor of these changes immediately. Throughout the course of your project, the professional that you have hired to carry out the building surveying process will evaluate the construction work to ensure that it is being done in a safe manner and that the end results of the work produce a habitable, energy efficient and structurally sound property. This evaluation process is extremely laborious and takes a considerable amount of time.
If you make changes to your initial plans, the surveyor will need to assess these new plans before you can begin your work. This may take several days or more, depending on the complexity of the changes you want to make. As such, if you fail to inform them straight away, your project may end up being delayed, as you will not be able to proceed with the new plans until your building surveyor has looked over them and confirmed that they are acceptable. Given this, it's best to speak to your building surveyor the moment you decide to alter your original plans.
Keep your site secure at all times
If you want to ensure that no major delays occur at any point during the construction process, you should make a concerted effort to keep your site secure at all times. If vandals or thieves break into your site and subsequently destroy or steal your equipment and materials or damage your half-finished building, the length of your project could end up being extended.
In this situation, you would have to repurchase or repair any stolen or vandalised materials and equipment and spend time fixing any damage inflicted on your building. This could add one or two additional weeks to your project.
As such, it's vital to secure your site properly. In order to do this, you may need to fit anti-climb fencing around the edges of the construction site and invest in padlocks for any entryways. Additionally, you may want to hire a security guard and arrange for them to monitor the site when it is not being occupied by your construction crew.