5 Common Misconceptions About Project Management in Construction

June 14, 2021

Say you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom or kitchen. In addition to the construction work, you have to think about budgeting, interfacing with workers, ensuring quality, managing scope, maintaining compliance with municipal codes, and so much more.

Who handles that for you? Your project manager.

As you learn more about them and what they do, there’s a risk that you might fall into common misconceptions about project management. And that can result in a slow and off-budget project that fails to meet expectations.

So today, our experts at VIR Construction will help you see what your PM does for you.

#1: Project management is all the same for different types of projects

First, your construction project requires a different approach from your PM and varying levels of involvement, depending on its scope. New constructions demand the highest levels of planning since they are highly resource-intensive, take relatively longer to complete, and create more regulatory considerations.

#2: Smaller projects can do without a project manager

If it’s a minor renovation, do you need a project manager? The answer’s yes. Without effective oversight, even seemingly small projects can go off the rails.

And, even if it doesn’t take long or cost more than projected at first, the project may not turn out the way you like. The back and forth that follows is sure to drive costs up. But with a PM, someone makes sure everything is on track.

#3: Working with a PM leaves you with less control over the project

Some homeowners may feel that, for their home to look as they envision, they have to be in charge. And it may seem logical that taking over project management duties ensures complete influence.

But it’s the opposite that’s true. The reason is that, with a PM, you’re not regularly speaking with several different workers. Instead, you have one point of contact that communicates progress updates to you, and the instructions you give to the whole team.

Each PMP or project management plan lays out how you’ll receive regular and detailed updates. So working with a PM gives you control and visibility into the project with minimal hassle.

#4: PMs get less necessary as the project nears completion

Another popular misconception is that PMs aren’t as important as the project progresses. The fact, however, is that there are crucial roles a project manager plays at all the various phases.

Particularly at the end of the project, they provide final performance monitoring and eventually issue a project report. It has important information you’ll certainly need for later reference, especially when planning future projects.

#5: You have to find a project manager AND a general contractor

When thinking of PMs, some picture them as separate from the general contractors executing the project. The reality is that, if they’re equipped with the necessary high-level skills, your general contractor can be your PM too.

And not only is this simply an option, but it’s one with significant implications on the projects’ success.

For example, VIR Construction clients enjoy highly accurate budgeting. And the simple reason is that their PM is heavily integrated at each stage. When it comes to furniture and cabinetry, the PM can easily crunch the numbers and get things moving because we have our own custom mill workshop.

Enjoy an on-budget and on-schedule project with quality workmanship from VIR Construction

At VIR Construction, we use the latest tools and techniques to make your home look and feel how you’d enjoy it most. Because we serve as your project manager too, you’re always updated about the project, with full control still in your hands.

We provide general contracting and interior design to homeowners throughout the greater New York area.

Call us now at 18665969022 or fill in our contact form and we’ll speak soon.

June 14, 2021