The Three Most Common Problems We Face as General Contractors

Here at GreenHeart, we like to notice patterns. It helps us know what to expect when getting down to work. We're not reinventing the wheel here, every good business does their own version of this. It's just a good practice to make things run more smoothly and efficiently.

With that in mind, we'd like to share a few common things that we face on every project that we have to be great at. Success in the following three areas means we do a better job and our clients are happy with our work.

1. Scope of Work

Planning is critical for us. Before any project begins we talk with our clients about everything that goes into successfully completing their project. Anything from budget and deadlines to incremental goals and setting expectations for everyone involved. Once the Scope of Work is agreed upon, everyone is on the same page. This is a pretty intensive and detailed process but it is such an important step in achieving success.

2. Finding the Right People

Every project is different. So finding the right people for a particular project can be a challenge. A great skill set and the ability to work well as part of a team are crucial. We only work with the best, and good people are in high demand. Luckily our team have years of experience and a wide network of great sub-contractors. So when we find a great person or team, we try to keep 'em around!

3. Punch List

As we approach the end of a project we create a "Punch List" which is basically a list of things that need to be finished or corrected in order to meet the standards of the contract. This list can be tedious and often requires a third party, like an architect or engineer, to help create and verify completion of the Punch List. 

The name comes from a time in the past when a hole was actually punched in the list signifying completion. Today we have smart phones and laptops, so maybe we should call it a "Click List". Get it, you guys? Because we click instead..? Ok.