How To Run Your Own Successful Building Site

Think of your building site as a well-oiled machine. Everything needs to be in place. Everything needs to have a purpose; otherwise, why would you order it. Let’s take something like bricks as a place to start.

Why would you order 14,000 bricks or more, when you have no clue as to where you will put them? Some of the following need to be a deciding factor:

–Where Am I going to put them?
–Who is going to do the laying?
–Will the bricks be staying there permanently?
–Will the bricks be moved at some point?
–How much will it cost me to take care of this task?
–Do I have the money to cover it?

The Who, What, Where, Why, When and How all need to be answered before you even begin. The best thing to do is build it in your head first. Go over every detail inside. Plan it out right down to who is going to close up shop when you are done.

If you plan things out in advance, this will save time, energy, money and a lot of anger in the long run. You have to also assume the worst. I’m sorry, but you do. You need to plan for rain, snow and ice, depending on where your site is going to be. Please plan ahead. This includes factoring in all of this. What will you do on a rainy day? Will your site be okay if left unmanaged for a day or two? Plan it all out first. I can’t stress this enough.


I spoke about this briefly up top. Let’s look into this a bit further. Most dreamers are like little children playing in the sandbox. They want to be out there digging in the dirt and starting from scratch. Most people really don’t want to be behind a desk ironing out the details and sketches. For many, this is the hardest part about building a site. It might be the hardest, but it is the most essential.

Sitting behind a desk with a blank sheet of paper is not just for poets and writers anymore. Everyone needs to begin somewhere. Let’s consider these top 6 questions. I will be honest, not all of them will be answered right away. Something like hiring the right plumber for your site might have to be taken care of later on.

Most plumbers don’t like to be called until there is actually a job for them to do. They don’t like to be sitting on the phone gossiping about how your planning is going. Most don’t really care. Plumbers are not your best girlfriend waiting for you to call. They have a job to do. They will tell you to call them when the job is ready. Keep this in mind. Write it down as something to look at later.


Most architects want to visualize a strong finish. This can be tricky, especially when some things can’t be taken care of until you walk into the structure.

–Bathroom Furniture
–Light Sockets

It’s these types of things that usually get done at the last minute. You can’t hire a good plumber or electrician, until you know what sort of system you have. The best way to handle this is to refer back to your initial plans. If you do this, you won’t get behind on schedule. You can also make some preliminary choices on who to hire. Look at what you initially wanted to do and then go from there.


This is one of the most underestimated choices a builder can do for his or her site. There are some items which might take some time to come in. Not everything is going to come in right away. You have to expect this. The best thing to do is not have any expectations. Let go of some assumptions and plan a very necessary break. Your workers are going to be happy about this. It’s also going to help you come in under or on budget.

Look over your weeks of work and schedule in a much-needed break. It doesn’t matter how long it is, just make sure it’s there. If certain items are going to take 6 weeks to come in, schedule a two month break. Schedule it at the right time too. Do it when it makes the most sense.


It does take effort to keep your space clean. It’s also a rewarding thing too. It offers cleanliness and safety for those around you. Talk to your workers about cleaning up after themselves. They should be doing it anyway. Have them take 10 minutes at the end of their day to clean up. Now some of them might moan about extra pay for cleaning up. This is something you need to figure out for yourself. All I can say is that sometimes you need to offer people an incentive. If it means having a clean workspace before, during and after the job, a little extra money might not be a bad price to pay.


This is a necessary evil, unfortunately. Some view the extra waste as a good thing. Many workers feel they can use the extra stuff for themselves or another job. Others feel that piling it all up in one place creates more problems. This option is a personal preference. Just try to create a healthy balance on the job site. Yes, you do want to keep certain things around for later use; but, you also want to get rid of the unwanted waste. Look into your options during the planning stages and execute your decision while on the job.


It takes a lot of planning to run your own building site. You need to be professional and plan, going in head strong will lead to inevitable delays and extra costs. Also when you are in charge of running a building site you need to think of the logistics, where things will go and when things will arrive on site. As well as all of this you need to manage contractors, deal with acts of nature (heavy rain, snow etc.) and you are also responsible for storing and then disposing of any rubbish.

It’s tough work running a building site but if you plan in detail as much as possible you can help make things a lot smoother.

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