Why Do Homebuilders Struggle To Stay On Schedule?

blog / May 8, 2023

As a homebuilder, it’s frustrating when a new construction or renovation project falls behind schedule. You may be wondering why contractors can’t seem to predict timelines accurately. The truth is, there are several reasons why construction schedules are so difficult to predict, including supply chain issues, subcontractor scheduling, and short-term thinking.

Supply chain issues are a significant challenge in the construction industry. A delay in the delivery of materials can cause a chain reaction of setbacks that can impact the entire project timeline. For example, if a shipment of steel beams is delayed, it can cause delays in framing, electrical, and plumbing work, which can further delay the project.  At SG Home Builders we have our clients select plumbing fixtures, cabinets and appliances right away.  Not one of our clients is looking at their plumbing fixtures first, but we know that a missing shower valve can ruin a schedule.

Subcontractors are also a crucial factor in construction timelines. Many subcontractors operate on their own individual schedules, which can make it challenging to coordinate work and meet deadlines. For example, if an electrician is running behind schedule, it can impact the work of the plumber and HVAC contractor, causing delays throughout the project.  The problem is, subcontractors often do not share their schedule with the general contractor, your builder.  When the day comes for them to show up they will inform their actual schedule.  Most builders are too small to hire full time tradesmen.  This results in delays that are invisible until they actually occur.

Another challenge is short-term thinking. Many contractors may not want to have difficult conversations with clients about realistic timelines, fearing that it could negatively impact their business. As a result, they may promise unrealistic timelines to secure the job, only to fall behind later in the project.  At SG Home Builders we have lost jobs for being overly transparent about our schedule predictions.

We feel, if you want to become the best builder, you have to be willing to plan, work with top-level subcontractors, and pay a premium for quality work. This means having honest conversations with clients about realistic timelines and being transparent about any challenges that arise during the project.

At SG Home Builders, we understand the importance of accurate timelines and effective communication. We work with the best subcontractors in the industry and invest in a proactive approach to supply chain management, ensuring that we deliver high-quality work on time and within budget.

In conclusion, predicting construction timelines accurately is a complex challenge that requires proactive planning, effective communication, and a willingness to work with top-level subcontractors. At SG Home Builders, we’re committed to delivering exceptional service and craftsmanship, and we’re always willing to have honest conversations with our clients about their expectations and project timelines. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build your dream home.

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