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Common Problems Faced During Construction Phase in Pakistan

It is a feeling of great achievement to be the owner of your house. One feels a great sense of satisfaction and comfort to have a house that is designed by himself. On the flip side of the coin, it is a daunting task to construct a house completely on your own. A person can run into many challenges if they don't have ample support to navigate them through the industry hurdles; the challenges can include inflation, negotiation of materials, labor costs, and much more. These problems can easily drain their energy and can cause a distraction from tasks that demand more focus and energy.

Common House Construction Problems

Often issues are interlinked and ignoring them can give birth to different types of setbacks. For instance, if there are issues while laying the foundation of the house then the entire progress of the project suffers drastically. An individual who is new to this experience can face a lot of difficulties while constructing his house, here is a rundown of some issues that should be considered before you start with the construction phase.

Safety Concerns

There are two main types of safety concerns that exist in Pakistan; one is related entirely to the project construction whereas the other surrounds the safety of the workers.

Although the government has imposed strict laws and regulations but there are still a number of houses that are constructed without following proper safety guidelines. This results in a number of accidents and injuries due to the usage of substandard materials, lack of trained professionals, or inadequate supervision.

On the flip side, there are concerns relating to the well-being of construction workers. For instance, if a worker is wounded during the construction process then the contractors and homeowners might have to spend more than anticipation to complete the project. Furthermore, a construction agreement also needs to be signed by the builders and the owners which should include all pertinent information and specify the areas where the workers are responsible more.

Skilled Labor Hiring

The construction industry has always made significant contributions to Pakistan's economic growth; it is the fourth largest industry in Pakistan after Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, and Electricity & Gas. Overall, the construction industry contributes to around 0.25% of the overall GDP of the country.

Having mentioned its dynamic impact, the construction landscape in Pakistan still heavily relies on human resources despite the widespread use of innovative techniques, which are being implemented by established nations. Not only Pakistan is lagging behind in terms of quality construction work but the lack of interest from the young generation hence the demand for skilled labor is increasing while the supply remains stagnant. The best way to overcome labor struggles is to book the labor task force in advance; this will avoid a number of problems that have the potential to disrupt construction projects.

In addition, construction companies and giants in the market need to adopt certain strategies that help in attracting young talent which will eradicate issues such as these. It will also open up new avenues in terms of innovation and more.

Iridium has taken several initiatives to ensure that they hire the best possible labor for all its projects whilst ensuring their safety, which is an added concern for many.

Inadequate Technology

Lack of access to modern technological resources is a big hurdle in the quality of construction projects in Pakistan. Modern construction technologies have allowed for the creation of homes that are more energy-efficient and long-lasting. While other countries have been quick to adopt new construction technologies and innovations.

The construction sector in Pakistan on the other hand has been slow to do so for a variety of reasons, including high costs and a deficit of qualified labor. Poor quality, a high failure rate, and safety concerns for the residents are some of the major issues that arise when the houses are built using outdated technology and methods. A well-detailed fiscal policy on digital solutions for Pakistan's construction sector is essential if these problems are to be resolved.

Safety Hazards

One of the most difficult aspects of managing a construction project is ensuring everyone's safety. If workers get hurt on the job, it might mess off the delivery schedule and force the owners or contractors to spend more money than they had planned. Investing in a comprehensive injury management program and developing a culture of safety can greatly reduce the number of injuries in the workplace. By taking this additional precaution, we can cut down on injuries and yet finish on time and within budget.

Furthermore, the contractor and the homeowner should both be clear on what is expected from them and what is the contractor's role in the construction agreement. When people can fairly communicate with one another, disagreements can be avoided in the future.

Variation in Cost

It is not unusual for the actual cost of a construction project to differ from the predicted price. Likely, the construction company or the homeowner won't have much control over unexpectedly high costs.

Pakistan's political instability, a lack of transparency in the construction industry, and an overall lack of regulations all make this problem worse. Therefore, building expenses might fluctuate widely, and it is not unusual for the final tally to considerably outstrip the preliminary estimate.

A few options that you can consider to overcome this issue are. One way to reduce the possibility of cost overruns is to work under a cost-plus contract, in which the contractor commits to reimburse the owner for all real costs, plus a fixed fee.

Another option is a lump sum contract, in which the contractor agrees to finish the work for a single, predetermined payment. Since the contractor is on the hook for any cost overruns, this can be a useful tool for keeping prices down.

Workforce Management

Building and keeping a strong workforce has been one of the industry's greatest challenges. Leaders may fail to effectively manage their teams. If workers are forced to accept low wages, it could affect the quality of the building being constructed. In Pakistan, the skilled workforce retires at a younger age than the unskilled, which has a negative impact on the industry as a whole. Businesses can only meet this challenge if they strike the proper balance between the two.

Lacking in Communication

Keeping up with clients' demands for open channels of communication is one of the construction industry's greatest challenges. The company may face difficulty, or even survival, without the cooperation of its employees. The failure to effectively communicate may contribute to negative experiences and problematic behavior within the company. Because of this, keeping track of costs and meeting due dates becomes difficult.

These are just a few of the difficulties the construction sector is facing at the moment. Some problems will get better over time, while others will get worse. The industry will always need to be ready for brand-new difficulties. An industry that lacks the flexibility to modify how it operates will never be able to successfully address new problems.

Finding the best possible solutions according to your needs and doing thorough research before initiating any construction project might help you overcome all these issues.

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