Why You Should Hire a Construction Manager to Oversee Your Construction Projects

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Managing a construction project from start to finish is not an easy job. If you are a the real estate developer, you will not only need to coordinate the activities of site workers but also have to communicate with the client, architects, subcontractors, and sometimes even urban planners to get things running smoothly. This calls for a great deal of initiative, organization and people skills. There are plenty of good reasons why you should hire a construction manager to supervise work on your construction project. Here are a few crucial ones you should know about:  Bridging the knowledge gap in an economical way For some real estate companies, hiring someone to manage their projects is an unnecessary addition to their project costs. This type of mindset is not completely accurate. Sure, the cost of hiring a construction manager will reflect on the companies’ financial books as an expense but on a greater scale, it may have multiplier effects in terms of cost-savings realized from the improved process. Because construction managers are well-acquainted with the entire construction process as well as the industry dynamics, they can bridge the knowledge gap existing between you and them, saving you both time and money. For instance, a construction manager can save you lots of money by utilizing their networks to cut on the costs of building materials, as well as speed up the process of obtaining the required building permits. If the cost of hiring a construction manager is still an issue, your company has the option to choose one willing to charge a flat fee, depending on the scope of services to be rendered, so that you can know how much of this extra investment in labour is up-front and then budget for it accordingly.  Relieve yourself of the hassle of performing construction work. Having somebody else handle the pressure that comes with executing different project responsibilities safely, reliably and in good time is a big plus for your real estate company. A construction manager will take up a leading role in managing your construction project, and this is a major advantage for those who want to delegate authority and alleviate themselves of onerous decision-making responsibilities.  Keeping up with construction laws. It is usually a great challenge to keep up with the numerous laws, codes and standards regulating the construction industry. Understanding all these laws, and seeing to it that they are followed, especially when you have strict project deadlines to meet, is never easy. For this reason as well, it is prudent to seek the services of a construction manager to run your project....

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Be Sure to Discuss These Topics Before Renting a Concrete Pump

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Renting a concrete pump can make quick work of any concrete pouring job you have on your property. The pump works to dispense concrete from a mixer to the surface, and many can even pump concrete vertically so that you don’t need to elevate the mixer or haul heavy loads of concrete up a scaffolding. When you’re ready to rent or hire a concrete pump, note a few things to discuss with the rental agency so you know what’s involved and are sure to get the right pump for the job. 1. Ask how it’s transported If they don’t deliver, you’ll need to ensure that the pump has a hitch that is compatible with your vehicle and that your vehicle can safely haul the pump, considering its overall weight. If you don’t have the right hitch on your vehicle or a vehicle strong enough to tow a concrete pump, ask about a truck-mounted pump. Truck-mounted pumps come already mounted to the back of a rental truck; this can make it easier for you to transport the pump if it’s not delivered to your property. 2. Note the arm reach for awkward spaces If you’re pouring a new concrete driveway, you may be able to back the concrete mixer and pump right up to the driveway pad. However, if you’re pouring a new foundation for a garage behind your house, you may need an extended arm that can reach to an area where the pump itself cannot. It can be good to bring exact measurements of your property or project and discuss what you need by way of an extended arm on the pump so you know your area will be accessible. 3. Note how it needs to be cleaned before it’s returned Concrete can dry inside a pump if it’s not cleaned properly after every job. You may be required to hose out the inside or otherwise clean the pump after your job is done, or you may lose your deposit. Be sure you go over this detail with a rental agency so you know what’s involved in a proper cleaning. 4. Ask if you’re required to have a certain number of operators Unless you’re renting a very small pump for concrete, you may actually be required to have two operators work the pump at once. This can ensure there is someone by the pump to turn it off in case of emergency or to ensure it doesn’t pump out the concrete too quickly. Even for jobs on your own private property, note if there are requirements when it comes to the number of operators working the...

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