5 common mistakes to avoid when constructing a building

When your company constructs a new building, you hope it all goes according to plan. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen. While minor errors can be easily resolved, bigger issues can result in construction defects or property damage, which may make your construction company liable.

While it is impossible to avoid every single mistake, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of them occurring. Here are some of the most common construction mistakes to avoid.

1. Failure to update blueprints

Sometimes, plans change during the course of construction. There is nothing wrong with making changes for the benefit of the building, but it is vital to be clear about any updates, especially regarding blueprints. If you fail to communicate changes properly, your crew may work off the wrong blueprints.

2. Poor material selection

The material you use to construct a building directly impacts the quality of the project. Incorrect or low-quality materials can lead to major problems and defects. Conduct thorough inspections of materials to ensure they meet the most current design specifications and building codes.

3. Lack of communication

The best construction projects are those that involve open, honest and consistent communication. Constructing a building requires work and input from a variety of parties, including architects, engineers, owners, project managers and contractors. Establish clear lines of communication so everyone stays on the same page.

4. Inadequate inspections

There must be frequent and in-depth inspections during every step of the process, especially regarding installations. Make sure a qualified and experienced inspector verifies the quality of each installation.

5. Documentation issues

Numerous documents are created and signed throughout a construction project. Common documents include:

  • Contracts
  • Drawings
  • Logbooks
  • Inspection forms
  • Purchase orders
  • Information requests

Make sure you draft, review, sign and organize documents in an orderly fashion.

Just because these are common mistakes does not mean you need to deal with them. You can take action to ensure you construct a high-quality building and safeguard your legal rights.