Knowing how to successfully manage home remodeling is hugely rewarding. It helps you avoid problems, ensure high-quality results, and run a more profitable business. In this guide, we review ways you can optimize remodeling project management from start to finish.
Producing a digital floor plan for a new project can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Before you begin remodeling, you can use the plan to:
This will help all stakeholders understand the project’s progression and the targeted dates that must be met (for material/product deliveries and for completing specific tasks). This helps each individual plan accordingly. Once work is underway, you can check the timeline frequently to make sure everything is going smoothly.
Oh, and be sure to build a few extra days into your timeline to accommodate unexpected issues.
When planning a remodeling project, allowing for flexibility is key to dealing with issues on the fly. Let’s say your crew discovers an unexpected problem during the demo stage of a project. Or the cabinets you ordered are suddenly delayed by a couple days. Or maybe your customer requests a design change after construction is underway. Yikes! Unfortunately, issues such as these are likely to crop up from time to time. That’s why it’s important to have a process for handling any problems that arise. This means you’ll be prepared to deal with those on the spot to prevent any major setbacks.
First and foremost, make it clear that you will serve as a dedicated point of contact throughout each project. This will help you create a customer relationship based on respect and trust.
Share your proposed floor plan and photos. Explain the project in detail. Answer questions. Review normal procedures, including property protection and safety protocols. Discuss upcoming workloads and scheduling logistics. Ask for input. And make sure everyone is on the same page and knows how to reach you.
Whew! That’s a lot of information to cover, but it’s critically important in order to set up your project for success.
TIP: Be proactive with communication, consider implementing a tool that allows you to add comments on each project and collaborate with other team members in comment threads. And always try to stay three steps ahead of everyone else on the team. (Regularly ask yourself: “What’s next on the work schedule? What can I do to make it go smoothly?”).
Requiring a daily work log is a way of making employees accountable for their specific assignments. It also allows you to see if a project is still on schedule or falling behind.
This should be done methodically, during each defined stage of a remodeling project. That way, you can catch and quickly resolve any quality issues that you find. This is much better than waiting to check quality at the end of a project.
Project stages include:
Automating certain processes can help you save valuable time. And a multi-purpose digital tool can be the key to making that happen. For example, the magicplan app not only automates floor plan sketching, it enables you to complete other tasks faster as well. You can create a project-management checklist quickly and easily. You can accelerate collaboration by simply clicking on any sketch to begin a comment thread (which is great for gathering feedback and discussing project changes). You can also create and share estimates and photo reports rapidly.
Watch how you can start improving the collaboration between people who work on the same project:
Having a set procedure in place is crucial for both cleanliness and safety. You’ll want to:
Supporting productivity is an important aspect of home renovation project management. This can be accomplished in a number of ways:
Poorly managed remodeling projects are notorious for going over budget and off schedule. But you have the power to prevent those complications from happening. By basing your home improvement project management on best practices, you can help ensure successful outcomes and happy customers!
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