The moment you realize your project is off course, it's already too late.
Luckily the wheel of technology continues to turn, and groups of forward-thinking builders have created real, accessible, simple solutions to altogether avoid that gut-clenching moment when the stuff hits the fan.
Here’s how industry experts are protecting their bottom line by utilizing a homebuilding app.
1. Make It (Nearly) Impossible To Drop The Ball
Obviously you can’t do it all yourself. Delegation is the reason you’re good at your job. Using cloud-based assignable tasks and checklists, you can do more than just hope that your team is getting the job done when you’re off site. You can simply open the app and see exactly what’s done, what’s not, and even schedule automated reminders and alerts on those tasks that simply cannot be dropped.
2. Trust Your Phone’s Memory, Not Yours
“I know I’ll remember this, no need to write it down.” That’s where trouble starts. Don’t make the mistake of mentally logging anything. At any given moment, you should be ready to record new information immediately. If you’re keeping track of details for your job in anything that you can’t keep within arm’s length at any given time (so, basically, if it’s not your phone or tablet) you’re likely to see yourself increasingly outpaced by the competition in this digital age.
3. Set Up Automatic Recurring Reports
Whether for your own regular check ins, or for your client’s weekly report, you can save yourself the time and hassle of putting reports together. You shouldn’t have to jump from excel to your notebook to your email to a phone call just to gather up the data you knew you were going to need anyway. Industry leaders let their software do the work for them with automated reporting features. Just review, click send and move on.
4. Create A Central Data Location For Everyone To Access
If your data is all over the place (email, excel, notebook, the back of a napkin, your brain) just think of how much of your time is spent communicating that information to your team and your client. Builders like you got fed up with the hassle of wrangling and sharing data years ago and developed a homebuilding app to solve the problem. Your team can check in at any time without needing to be sent another file or given access to a folder on a shared network.
5. Let The Machine Do The Math
Aside from the convenience of storing all of your data in one place, the real magic happens when all of that data is connected. When you input a change order, for instance, the system will roll over all of the variables for you: your budget forecast will take the new change into account, notifications will be sent out to everyone affected, and you can go on with your day. (Learn more about managing change orders with an app). No more dropping simple little details, forgetting to carry the one, or realizing that you forgot to communicate an important detail to your guy.
6. Keep Your Client In The Loop (And Off Your Back)
Since your reputation relies on great client relations, a well-designed construction app gives your client enough access to keep them happy and well-informed and prevent the need for frequent meetings. Your clients can have their own login credentials to browse updated data (only the data that you’ve chosen to give them access to) and project photos at any time. You can keep on making progress while they check in on their own time.
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About the Author:
President, Stonewood, LLC - Custom Home Builder
As a 4th generation custom home builder with a software development background, Sven created BuildTools to help his company have a "connection point" for everyone in the building process.