Pre-Construction Planning

It’s safe to say that construction projects require an immense amount of planning and preparation. Even then, the likelihood of running into delays and problems is still high due to the nature of the construction industry.

Staying on top of a schedule and maintaining staff efficiency throughout construction projects can be difficult, especially considering how long these projects often are.

This is why having a proper plan in place to streamline the pre-construction phase is absolutely essential. Delays and roadblocks may still occur, but with a rock-solid plan in place, you will be far better equipped to deal with these issues if and when they arise.

In this article, we’ll be looking at five ways to streamline pre-construction planning to ensure your project is completed as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

Common Problems in Pre-Construction Planning

Before we start streamlining your pre-construction planning, let’s take a look at some of the most common problems you might face:

  • Inadequate risk management: Building projects involve numerous potential challenges. To mitigate risks, it’s crucial to identify, plan for, and continually update risk management strategies.
  • Lack of structure: Construction projects demand clear organisation, meaning project managers need to define goals and tasks, assign roles, and establish an effective work structure to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Poor communication: Effective communication is vital in construction projects involving multiple stakeholders. Project managers should maintain transparent channels to keep everyone informed, and resolve conflicts as quickly as they appear.
  • Unrealistic expectations: Construction projects are influenced by various factors. Setting realistic goals and utilising reliable data for forecasting helps prevent cost overruns, delays, and client dissatisfaction.
  • Delayed cash flow: Timely and accurate cash flow is essential for project success. Project managers must ensure adequate budgeting, monitor expenses, and avoid payment delays to prevent financial issues.
  • Bad training: Construction workers who are poorly trained or not trained for specific tasks will not only struggle to complete tasks to a high standard but they’ll also put others in danger

Now, let’s look at how you can navigate these potential issues through effective pre-construction planning. 

1. Develop a Detailed Plan

The base of any construction project should involve creating a solid plan.

Building projects are often complicated, so you’ll need a clear and detailed plan to guide you and your team. What goal are you trying to achieve? What budget do you need to reach this goal? How will you organise your team members and equipment to ensure its success? 

These are the questions you need to ask and answer, and you might find our article on time management for construction professionals quite helpful.

It’s also important for your plans to be flexible, as it’s not uncommon for construction plans to encounter stalls along the way. Keep an eye on your budget and plan for additional costs too, as you’ll want to have a reserve in case you do run into problems and setbacks.

In certain instances, you may need to adjust the project’s scope or stretch the timeline a bit to accommodate the changes that may come along the way.

2. Choose the Best Materials

Scrimping on quality materials is a surefire way to run into problems. 

Whether you’re constructing residential or commercial properties, using durable materials from trusted suppliers is absolutely essential. Simply put, the better your materials, the safer and more secure your structure will be.

Additionally, it’s crucial to sort the sourcing of these materials early on, as a lack of materials can cause serious delays. 

This is no light matter either, as according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, 85% of contractors reported that costs and delayed deliveries of materials, parts, and supplies have increased over the past year, and 74% reported project delays and disruptions were due to shortages of materials.

Make sure you’re working with a respectable materials provider to ensure you have adequate stock and they’re high quality. 

3. Partner Up Wisely

We briefly mentioned how it’s important to partner up with trusted material providers, and this goes for every other arm of your business. 

To help streamline construction processes, contact and partner with the right people. This means everything from contractors and architects to engineers and suppliers. Choose partners based on their reputation, reliability, and expertise in their respective fields. 

You’re going to need to trust your partners and their skill sets and keep communication channels open. If you don’t, then managing them is going to become a huge problem and likely cause serious delays to your pre-construction.

4. Keep Your Workforce Happy

Keeping your workforce happy and in the loop during the pre-construction planning phase is going to be essential. In fact, the construction industry stood out as the happiest industry in the first two quarters of 2023 – so you don’t want to let the side down!

For your team to be productive and efficient during the early stages, you’ll need to motivate them and ensure they’re focused on the end goal of the project. 

You can do this by prioritising their safety with the right safety equipment and tools, as well as implementing proper training and protocols – VR training is a fantastic way to achieve this.

Make sure they also have a rest area where they can rest and relax during the day. Having a designated break area not only promotes physical well-being but also builds morale and camaraderie among team members.

When milestones are hit, make sure you recognise their hard work and contributions to keep morale high. Additionally, if any concerns are raised, address them face-to-face promptly.

5. Don’t Let Small Problems Stop Progress

As we mentioned previously, encountering delays and speed bumps is common, but if they’re small and manageable, try not to let them slow you down. 

We’re not saying you need to cut corners or jeopardise the safety of your staff – but if your pre-construction planning phase was organised and structured well, you’re less likely to be stunted when you encounter problems. 

For example, let’s say during the pre-construction planning phase, your team identified potential weather-related delays due to the project’s location. As a proactive measure, you developed a contingency plan that includes flexible scheduling, additional resources on standby, and waterproofing measures for critical areas of construction.

In the event of heavy rain causing a delay, your team is able to safely and swiftly implement the contingency plan. They can adjust the schedule to focus on indoor tasks during bad weather, bring in extra workers and equipment once conditions improve, and make sure that areas vulnerable to water damage are properly protected.

By planning ahead and having a solid contingency plan in place, you’re better able to face delays and speed bumps head-on without compromising the project timeline or the safety of staff.

We’ve actually covered how to stay safe on-site during bad weather if you’d like to learn more.


Keeping a handle on pre-construction management will make the planning, and the path to completion, much easier. It’s better to get things right the first time around, as encountering serious delays can end up costing a lot of time and money. 

By following the above tips, you will be far more prepared to streamline construction projects and better equipped to handle delays if and when they arise.