When you plan out a commercial construction project, you should have a date in mind by which you expect it to be complete. If you want your project to be completed on time, there are a few scenarios you need to avoid.

The following are seven scenarios to avoid that could slow down the progress of your commercial construction project. 

Failing to budget effectively from the beginning

A lot of commercial construction projects get behind due to budgeting issues. That's why it's important to carefully budget from the beginning.

If you're having your project financed, you need to carefully work out all the deals of your loan and be sure it will be enough to cover costs even if unexpected expenses come up as your project progresses. 

Not placing orders for building materials far enough in advance

Material shortages are a common cause of delays in all types of building projects. You need to plan in advance for material deliveries.

Ideally, you should have numerous suppliers of building materials that you can work with in case one supplier is short on a particular material. Your contractor should be familiar with all the main building material suppliers in your area, so discuss building supply considerations with your contractor. 

Inadequately researching permit needs

You're probably going to need to acquire building permits for any commercial construction project you could be planning.

It's important to carefully research permit needs in the beginning to make sure that you aren't surprised by any unexpected permit needs or complications acquiring a permit that come up during your project. 

Failing to start off with some contingency plans in place

Regardless of how well you plan out your project, there are always some unexpected issues that could come up and cause delays. For example, inclement weather could set you off schedule in completing your project.

Having contingency plans in place for possible delays could allow you to minimize the consequences of unexpected delays and stay as close to your projected schedule as possible. 

Neglecting to assign tasks clearly

As part of planning out your project, you should clearly allocate tasks to contractors or staff members. Confusion about who is handling what could lead to delays that could have easily been avoided with better planning. 

Making changes to project plans midway through

You might need to make some changes to your building plan at a certain point during your project. While some changes might be inevitable, be aware that changes are likely to set progress back and could even lead to higher costs. If you want to stay on schedule and within your budget, avoid making changes. 

Not putting enough effort into communicating with your contractor

You should be there for communication with your contractor every step of the way. If there is a delay in your responses to inquiries and questions from your contractor, your contractor may have to temporarily hold back progress on your commercial construction project. 

Contact a commercial construction service to learn more.