Naturally, managing construction and development projects from afar is difficult.
There are some situations where it is much easier and better to go see a site in person, but time and resources are not always permitting. You may also encounter differences in standard practice from what you’re used to. Here are a few things to consider when managing a construction or development project long distance.
Situations of conflict
If there is some kind of conflict occurring with your project, either with difficult situations or negotiations, it is best to have these conversations in person. Sometimes, if difficult conversations are happening via email or even zoom there are things that can get lost in translation. These are the moments when personal presence is needed.
Physical problems with construction
If your site is experiencing a physical issue that is complex, it is best not to discuss it solely over the phone. Oftentimes, coming to a site and using all of your senses to analyze the situation is what the project needs. You may not be able to see or diagnose what the problem is over a videocall since someone else is operating the camera and by nature this limits your ability to take in all the information you may need.
Know your environment
It is incredibly important to be aware of where you are building your project and how local practices may influence it. For example, on the east coast of the United States using smooth drywall for walls is standard practice. However, west of the Mississippi it is much more common to use an orange peel finish for interior walls. So, if you’re used to using smooth drywall but you’re working on a project in the west, be aware that you may have to pay extra for it since it’s not standard practice in the area. A good way to get ahead of situations like this is to make sure you have local contractors or designers on your team and ask them about common practices.
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