Summer often represents a busy season for construction. The total number of projects ramp up, as new ones that began for the year in spring continue, and new summer projects start. The favorable weather of summer helps too, creating an environment where it is easier to build and do things outside. Here are some tips on how to do your summer building project. Planning, care, and attention to detail are required to get your project done in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Spring is often seen as the best time of year to start a project
Why does this matter for summer projects? It means that you will need to do some extra planning in order to get your project done in the summer. Usually building can last from several months to several years, depending on the type of work. Renovations and remodels may take less time if they are smaller projects, while full-on construction or large-scale remodeling can take years.
You will need to plan your summer work carefully, as construction contractors and building companies will often have contracts keeping them busy that are holdovers from the spring. It’s a good idea to contact construction contractors in late winter before your summer project. That way you can ascertain if they are available and you can also start planning on getting the materials needed.
Review scheduled summer projects
In order to figure out how busy construction contractors in your area will be during the summer, be sure to review local summer projects. The easiest way to do this is a simple internet search. You will find newspaper articles, local news, and city websites detailing road construction, government construction, and other important commercial construction projects for your city. Here are some examples from the Dallas Fort Worth area: a DOT road projects site, and a local news article about a major commercial construction.
Prepare for the worst
Summer weather can be unpredictable at best, and utterly destructive at worst. If you live in tornado alley — Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota — you know exactly how bad summer weather can be. A beautiful day can turn into a deadly storm that causes millions in property damage in minutes. Other summer risks all across the US include flooding, drought, hurricanes, strong winds, and severe thunderstorms. Hurricane and tornado seasons both tend to last through the summer months, from around May or June to September or November.
The bad weather, coupled with busy contractors and possible shortages of equipment/building materials due to high demand make summer tough. This is why you hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Have clear goals, and a clear end in mind
Take a good look at where you are starting with your summer project. Then make a reasonable assessment of where you will want to be as time goes on.
Do you plan on this being just a several month project? If so, understand that it will most likely be a smaller-scale, project to finish by the end of the summer. Is it a full-scale construction project? If so, make sure to set your goals realistically, so that you have an idea of where you will be by summer’s end. Have milestones in mind, as a multi-year construction project needs some kind of way to be measured to ensure that it is proceeding according to the right pace.
Consider summer activities
The world doesn’t start and stop at the behest of your business. Make sure to look up what summer activities will be going on in your area that will affect your business and/or commercial construction.
For example, if your construction work is on a shopping center. You can generally expect more shoppers as school is not in session. High school and university students will head to malls and outlets, looking for something to do. Make sure to plan your construction for more customers than usual. A movie theater might be poised to miss some of the biggest summer blockbusters if it is undergoing serious renovation over the summer. Make sure to take into consideration the summer as a whole. What do people like to do? How does your business operate in the summer? How will construction affect — and be affected by — your business?
Prepare for the unexpected
This is true in 2020, more so than any year in recent memory. With protests sometimes devolving into riots and destroying businesses across the country, it’s hard to know who will need some last-minute summer renovation.
And of course, it’s unclear what will happen with the pandemic.
Many states in the US are seeing spiking numbers of COVID-19 going into the summer. This means, among other things, that it is especially hard to predict what will happen with businesses. It’s reasonable to make two assumptions though:
1) The government may limit business in order to suppress further outbreaks. This means your business might not be able to open, or it might only be able to operate at half-capacity.
2) Consumers will certainly be less keen on going out to do things. With numbers climbing all over the nation people would rather stay in and prevent the spread of disease. Even for states with the lowest COVID-19 numbers, people would rather stay in — that’s how they kept the numbers lower in the first place.
This could be a silver lining for you however, as the low numbers might make the summer a better time than usual for your construction project.
If you’ve got a summer project in mind, even a last minute one, then Reliable Commercial can help you out. With 35 years of experience in various construction and renovation fields, Reliable Commercial has the know-how, history, and professionalism to help you get what you need done. Contact us today and we can help you get started on your construction project.