The Benefits of the Single Contractor Engagement Model

In many cases, the construction of a new structure of any sort involves a number of different contractors. One contractor may come in and prepare the land by removing the vegetation and other obstacles before leveling the ground. Another may pour the foundation and build the structure itself, while a separate contractor handles the electric wiring and another does the plumbing. If you’re in charge of seeing this project through to the end, you can see that you’ll be dealing with multiple contractors. This can be challenging from a time/resource management standpoint.

One way around this is to find a construction company that either has experts who can handle the task in-house or who will subcontract for the services that they cannot provide. You only have to work with this one single company. This single contractor engagement model has a number of benefits.

One Point of Contact

Working with multiple contractors can become confusing, especially if you have multiple projects going at once and have multiple contractors working on each one. The result is that you spend a good amount of time going over the same things with each contractor. You may also end up playing the part of the middleman, relaying information from one contractor to another. You’ll find that you may spend a full day simply dealing with the different contractors on your project.

With a single contractor, you may spend more time working directly with that person, but you won’t be repeating the same things multiple times. You also won’t have to worry about doing any of the subcontracting or trying to negotiate with every contractor so that your project comes in on budget. Anyone in industrial construction knows how difficult working with multiple contractors can be.

It’s Easier to Make Changes

If you have to make a major change to your project, coordinating that change with all of your contractors is likely to lead to one of those days when all you do is field emails and phone calls. If you only have one person to go to, however, it’s much easier to work through all of the changes on the blueprints, including the structure, the wiring, the plumbing, and everything else. It’s also easier to make adjustments to things such as your budget or your schedule. For example, you won’t have to try to move up every contractor’s schedule to make sure all of those timelines still align properly.

Decisions Can Be Made Faster

A single contractor can make decisions regarding every aspect of the project, while multiple contractors can only make a decision or provide solutions within the specific part of the project they handle. For example, if a major decision needs to be made that involves both plumbing and air ducts, you will have to work with both contractors to find a solution, and it may not always be easy to get both of them in your office or on the phone at the same time. With a single contractor, however, that’s not an issue. You and that contractor can work out everything without involving any additional parties.

Posted by Kelli