What Can I Expect During Construction?
An experienced contractor will give the client a general schedule of the work to be done, what to expect and when it will happen. However, all schedules have some flex time built in for the unpredictable nature of construction, such as weather delays, scope of work changes, tradesmen schedule changes and hidden conditions uncovered during construction.
There are a myriad of factors that come into play on a construction project. and all are interrelated. If one item changes, for example, the foundation footings can not be poured due to weather, all of the following processes will be delayed. That is why flextime is necessary in the event that there is a change so the entire schedule does not have to be reworked and the completion date delayed.
Whether building a new home or renovating, you must prepare for the unexpected. A well organized contractor should keep the job moving with little disruption to the schedule. He is prepared to make decisions as construction proceeds to address the unforeseen condition or to make a change that will improve the overall value of the project.
As with life, there will be highs and lows in the building process. Keep the difficulties of construction in perspective. The hectic period of time during construction is very small compared to the many years of enjoyment that you will experience living in your new home or renovation.