Scheduling multiple subcontractors for a project can sometimes seem a bit daunting. Here are our tips for scheduling subcontractors:
Importance of a Schedule
A schedule is of vital importance on a job site. Not only does it provide a timeline for clients, but it allows you to book subcontractors in advance. Establishing a working schedule can save contractors from costly delays and overhead fees.
Establish a Communication Channel
When scheduling subcontractors, one of the first things that should be done is to establish a communication channel. This will allow for both parties (subcontractor and contractor) to be in easy, frequent communication for updates and progress reporting. Be sure to communicate early and often.
To best determine the timeline of when a subcontractor is required, it’s important to have frequent progress reports from subcontractors currently on site. Reports should be regular and should include time remaining, budget, a list of unplanned worked, milestones achieved, and any issues/problems on site.
- Be mindful when concurrently scheduling subcontractors. Some tasks cannot be completed at the same time due to space restrictions or other special requirements
- If possible, leave a bit of a buffer between subcontractors that need to be scheduled consecutively
- Revise the schedule as required and inform subcontractors of any changes in timelines as soon as possible