Building a new restaurant or renovating an older one is large project that must be properly planned out if you hope to be up and running before your bank account is bled dry.  Creating a construction timeline will give you and your contractors a general guideline as to how well the project is moving along and let you know if any changes need to be made along the way.  To help you put together this timeline we’ve written an article on how to successfully plan a restaurant construction project.

Set Your Timeline

Most restaurant construction projects will take four to six months to complete.  However, this will depend on the type of restaurant you’re opening, the type of building you’re creating, the experience levels and communication abilities of you, your contractors and your suppliers, any setbacks regarding inspections and permits and the weather during construction.  Make sure you give yourself enough time to draw up blueprints, complete the permitting processes and allow delivery of materials and equipment before construction even begins.

Review The Rules And Regulations

You and your contractors will need to ensure your building will meet health, safety and fire codes.  Taking care of this right from the beginning will allow you to avoid time wasting complications later on in the project.  Keep reviewing these regulations as you go along to make sure they aren’t forgotten about as various parts of the project start coming together.

Source Your Materials And Equipment

Making sure you have access to all your materials and equipment for installation will play the largest role in keeping to your prescribed timeline.  Your contractor won’t be able to complete the job if crucial construction materials or kitchen appliances aren’t available. Communicating effectively with reputable suppliers will help ensure you have everything available to you when you need it.

Passing Inspections

Working with an experienced contractor will be a huge help when it comes to passing local and federal inspections.  Their experience will be invaluable, especially if you haven’t been through the process before. Make sure your contractor has open communication lines with all the inspectors and permitting officers necessary for the project.  Being ignorant of the inspection process can cause you to miss your opening date.