Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves. - Adrienne Clarkson  
   
 

Top Five Pitfalls to Avoid

Too many essential design and construction decisions are made with a lack of understanding or because a shortsighted contractor is in a hurry to rush forward. We are committed to helping you make informed decisions, eliminating misunderstanding, delay and wasted time or money.

In fact, we've noticed at least five common pitfalls. Take a look and see if they sound familiar. We make sure that you avoid them!

  1. Unqualified workers: Carefully research the group you plan to choose as your construction team. Far too many projects begin with unqualified workers who lack the essential skills and team-player attitudes that are crucial to a successful project.
  2. Uncertain or undeclared budgets: You can't possibly know if something costs too much (or too little) if you don't have a budget established from the start. After discussing your goals and project specifications with a qualified firm, it's important to evaluate whether their estimate fits within your project's overall budget. If not, you must review alternative solutions or comparative options. Clearly defining project scope and budget at the beginning will eliminate surprises and added expenses later.
  3. Contractor mismatch: Selecting the wrong construction model/process and the wrong contractor is a common mistake. It's very important to develop a strong relationship with the group you will choose for your design and construction project. You must feel comfortable with their knowledge, recommendations and level of attention/advice you are receiving from the very start. If you are getting the "bum's rush" during your initial discussions, the alarm bells should be clanging in your head! Interview several groups and question their approach to projects, their experience with residential construction assignments, their pricing/cost structure, financing options and fees. If something doesn't feel right, it's not likely to feel better when you are in the middle of your project's development. Ask for references and call them. This will give you a good third-party perspective.
  4. Rushed decision-making: Avoid being impatient and just "settling" on an immediate solution. Design and construction should be carefully planned and executed to withstand the test of time. Think long-term and plan for your church's future needs, not just today's most pressing requirements.
  5. Late changes: Late changes are costly. They require extra time, money and energy that cannot be recouped once the project is underway. Discuss your project in detail addressing as many scenarios and foreseeable questions/problems as possible before starting construction.