common causes of delays on a refurb project


The 5 most common causes of delays on refurb projects.

It is often said that something will always go wrong on a project

That is not necessarily true

An experienced team with a well thought out project plan should be able to overcome most issues and still deliver the project on time

However for numerous reasons many projects suffer delays

It would take too long to go into all the reasons

Here are the 5 most common causes:

Lack of planning

There are 3 stages in a construction project

The preconstruction stage is where the project is planned. This is where you will make or break the project before you even start. Get it right here and it should be plain sailing. Fail to complete this stage properly and it will be an uphill battle from day one. Many projects are doomed to failure at this stage because of lack of attention to detail

 Lack of experience

Far too many people try their hand at property developing and refurbishment with no experience. They watch TV programmes, join Facebook groups, watch Youtube videos and think it looks easy. They think they can make a small fortune in property with no experience. If it was that easy tradesmen and Construction Professionals would do the same. They wouldn’t bother spending years at college and University. The only thing that is easy is the chance to lose a lot of money very quickly

 Not calculating costs correctly

When you are calculating costs on a refurb project nothing should be arbitrary.

Inexperienced people guess at labour and material costs.

Or they try and use the square metre method. This is a very inaccurate and amateur method.

When calculating costs you need to have your figures as accurate as possible.

You cant just hope for the best

Property development is a business and should be treated like any other one. No other business owner would just take a guess at their operating and staff costs and hope to make a profit

 Not having the right team

There is no such thing as a standard refurb project

You need to look at each one individually and decide which team members the project needs

Don’t waste money on team members you don’t need and don’t expect someone to fill a role they are not qualified or experienced in

 Accidents on site

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the UK

Serious accidents and deaths happen all the time

Small refurbishment projects can be more dangerous then major construction projects

This is due to the inexperience of a lot of developers and the lack of enforcement of safety standards

Anyone carrying out construction work for a commercial project has a legal duty to comply with the CDM Regulations 2015

Anyone wishing to carry out refurb or development projects should know how to run a safe site

If there is an accident on site they attracts the attention of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it could bring the project to a complete halt if they serve you a prohibition notice


We have decades of experience in a wide range of refurbishment and development projects

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