Some things never change
The CEDIA conference was held in Sydney recently and we went armed with enthusiasm and the desire to uncover what is new - what is next- but perhaps what we took out of our experience--- nothing much in our industry has changed...Don't get me wrong- our industry is in a constant state of change- products come and go, the 'best' way to install ebs and flows, what you can do is always being pushed to it's limits. But there has been an issue in our industry that probably everyone will say they have encountered over their journey--- the last 5%.
Getting a project finished, on time, on budget and to satisfaction is still the biggest issue facing our industry and we - armed with our enthusiasm still left over from CEDIA - are going to make it our number 1 focus...
So what are our 3 biggest tips to make sure a project is finished on time, on budget and to satisfaction?
1. PLAN AS ABSOLUTELY EARLY AS POSSIBLE
All too often we are called in to work on a project too late and it is physically impossible to do what the client wants- it is incredibly important to engage an integrator at design phase- this way everyone is happy- client, designer and builder…
2. COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE
Building a home isn’t an exact science. It is really a complicated juggling act. The key is keeping all parties informed but not just via email or otherwise- hold regular on site catch-ups to keep everyone on the same page (and happy)
3. BE AWARE OF LEAD TIMES
Probably the most annoying part of a build is coming to the realization that nice things usually take a nice chunk of time to get onto site. A good project manager will be all over this but it is worthwhile asking what the lead times are on statement pieces such as chandeliers or large screens. 8-Oct-2014