Let’s face it construction is a risky business. Very few contractors can manage this risk and take their businesses to the next level. It takes great skill / resources / cashflow and control to deliver quality projects on time and have all the required paper work in place.
If asked, these businesses will all complain of not getting everything done or not having provided / recorded enough information. Information is everything in construction. It records the success of the project, details the failures, provides vital information for tendering and most importantly reduces risk in the event of a delay claim for time or loss and expense claim where detailed particulars are required.
As if building isn’t stressful enough. Working with tradesmen, labourers, all takes the best out of any skilled manager and then still to have to make money on your fixed tendered price is tough all right. Being one of the oldest professions it has an inherently strong contractual obligation ensuring the client is protected from fly by nights and maintaining what parties have signed up to deliver.
So how does successful business’s get all of this done and still have time to go and play golf on a Wednesday afternoon? They all have one thing in common…their controls are in place which ensures that all their obligations are met. These controls could be maintained by one of the following resources;
Now all of these come at a price and a product that combines all of the above would be perfect, but face it very few companies if any can provide such a solution. Furthermore most of the construction industry contractors have actually created and modelled their own controls through trial and error based on years of experience. These proven controls and documents would be invaluable to any contractor, but it is difficult to obtain and in most cases restricted to intellectual property.
There is however a few websites that claims to be providing such a service. That is offering specific document templates used by Contractors Globally. One such site sells bundled templates in the following categories and are available for instant download.
Commercial Cost Control (47 Templates)
Project Management (43 Templates)
Contractual Management (46 Templates)
Tendering / Estimating (30 Templates)
Human Resources (53 Templates)
Quality Control (Coming soon)
Health & Safety (Coming soon)
Procedure Manuals (Coming soon)
These templates provides a logical solution in creating such and should be considered by Contractors where proven controls are required.