A day in construction doesn’t start by rolling out of bed, getting on a skateboard and scooting off to work. No, no, no! Careful thought as to the days tasks and goals determine the outcome of success. This process starts early in the morning. Sometimes around 2 or 3 am due to a solution to a project issue that wakes us up! In the morning we think over the days tasks, and consider the needs for the day. And the order for which things need to be done. Not to mention the crew, each particular skill level and the projects for each crew member to complete. Loading the Truck: Residential building is all about tools, skill, and production. Most builders have this arsenal of tools either in a shop, trailer, van, or some type of storage unit. The message I want to get across is how those tools get to the job site, and eventually back to their place on the shelf. They just don’t jump into the truck and off to work we go. Materials for the day are another issue that the homeowner almost never sees. The builder often makes his/her first stop at the lumber company or hardware store. The thought of room for materials on top of the lumber rack is another consideration in the morning truck organizing. When all this is done and the builder arrives at the job site, it is now time to “roll out” for the start of the day. All the tools and materials come out of the truck and the day is up and running. This is when most homeowners greet the builder in the morning and think; ‘doesn’t look like much has happened this morning’? When the work day is over: “Roll-em up” is the call to stop work for the day. All the tools are loaded into the trucks and home we go. That is, if we don’t have to go to the lumber company, or the building department etc. When we get home, we must now unload specific tools unique to the day. Just like the picture you see, these tools have a place in the shop and must be stored until the next use. This takes time. Time most homeowners never see. Time for which the builder does not get paid for.
Here’s your ‘Owner’ Builder Tip: Consider the person you have in mind for hire. He should agree with this blog. If he does not, he probably needs some more experience. Like my father used to say; ” If you don’t make any money for the guy, how do you expect him to pay you? And when you consider the builder, think about all the unseen attributes of skill and organization, before you consider the cost.