One of the most important aspects of a construction project is having the right materials on hand. Failure to carefully plan for the materials needed for each phase of a construction project is absolutely essential. If you own a construction company, a plan should be in place to obtain the needed materials before a project even breaks ground. Failure to have a plan regarding needed construction materials can lead to a project going over budget and not being completed in time. Some of the things to consider when planning out the construction materials for a project include the following.
Length of Procurement
The first thing to think about is the length of the procurement period for construction materials. This will depend on what suppliers and vendors you use to purchase your construction material. Before placing any orders for materials, it is important to make sure that the supplier that you plan to purchase from has a procurement period that fits with your project's timeline.
Another thing to consider is your supplier's minimum order size. You will need to place a large enough order all at one time to meet the minimum. You may also want to think about the delivery cost of the construction material based on the size of your order. In many cases, it makes more sense to purchase a construction material order that is a full load instead of paying the same price to have a half load delivered to the construction site.
Time and Date of Delivery
When it comes to the delivery of construction material, it is very important to carefully select the time and date of the delivery. Make sure that the construction material delivery service that you use can accommodate your schedule and deliver the materials on time. You will need to take note of what hours during the day delivery vehicles are allowed at your site according to your planning permit to make sure that you schedule the delivery for the right time of day.
When the construction materials for your project arrive, there will likely be many materials that are not needed right away. Thus, you will need a storage plan after the materials are delivered. One option is to rent storage containers that can kept onsite for the duration of the project. This is often the best choice, since storage containers can be secured and locked in order to keep the construction materials safe.