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A Guide to Pre-Construction Services

April 21st, 2022 |

Pre-construction services help ensure that your renovation project stays on budget and on schedule. From creating a building model to estimating costs, important work must be done before construction begins. If you are planning to update your investment property, a construction manager can coordinate pre-construction services. 

Analyzing Existing Conditions  

Before any renovation work begins, the condition of the existing structure should be analyzed. Material strength, structural integrity, piping, and other elements must be considered. This pre-construction service is essential for determining the extent of work that is needed for the remodel, as well as avoiding costly surprises. 

Building Model 

Software can be used to create a 3-D model that can help you visualize the completed project. Building information modeling (BIM) software can simulate every phase of the project lifecycle. This technology is a helpful tool for making decisions about design, construction, electrical and plumbing systems, and other factors. BIM can help stakeholders foresee potential issues before they become costly problems.

Cost Estimate

 The cost estimate is based on how much the completed renovation project will cost, as well as issues that may come up during the project. It’s a good idea to get two or three estimates for your project. Items that go into the cost estimate include: 

  • Labor
  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Subcontractors 
  • Permits

It’s important to have a skilled and experienced estimator create the cost estimate. They will know which relevant factors to consider, such as market conditions, when figuring the estimate.  

Scheduling and Logistics

Scheduling a construction project involves a wide range of logistical considerations and is one of the most complex pre-construction services. It’s important to have an experienced construction manager on your team to develop a project timeline. Bid releases, permits, meetings, and inspections are just some of the elements that must be coordinated. It is especially important to factor in the permit application process, which must go through the proper federal, state, and local agencies. 

Bid Packaging

At this stage, bids will be developed based on the scope of the project. The construction manager will make sure that all contractors, subcontractors, and vendors have accurate information about the project. Factors such as existing site conditions, design variables, and project timeline are important considerations when developing a bid. The construction manager will review bids with you for your approval.

Material and Labor Procurement  

Obtaining the necessary materials and hiring skilled subcontractors is a crucial pre-construction service. A construction manager must be knowledgeable about building materials and prices and must have a readily accessible network of construction professionals and subcontractors. They should have a well-vetted list of suppliers and professionals with proven reliability. The goal of this pre-construction service is to obtain the best quality possible within the project budget.

Hire Experienced Construction Professionals  

Your investment property deserves top-quality workmanship, from pre-construction services to project completion. At RH Blanchard, our team has more than a decade of experience in general contracting and project management. If you’re ready to update your Boston-area investment property, get in touch today for a free quote.