Working in construction is a rewarding career. You have the opportunity to oversee huge changes to properties, interact and build relationships with customers, and create amazing renovations. It’s also not an easy career to begin, and requires obtaining a license, networking to find work, and marketing and advertising. People in construction are tasked with wearing many different hats, which makes it a difficult but skill-forming career.
After completing all the intensive work required to become a contractor, you might be ready to start your first construction project. Before you begin gathering the items, materials, and equipment to head off to your first project, there are a few things to consider and take stock of. Once you’ve done these, you’re all set to start gathering the essential materials needed to start your work.
Before entering onto the site of any new project, you should plan extensively so that when you arrive on the job, there won’t be any surprises. Make a step-by-step plan for how you are going to tackle the project, how many workers you will need, and what specific requests the customer might have made. This will help maximize your efficiency once you arrive on site.
You should also hire a team of workers appropriate for the site, schedule the project, and define your budget. Doing all of this first will help make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible and you achieve the best results. Once these details have all been ironed out, you can move into determining what materials and items you need to buy for your site.
As you make these determinations, it’s important to consult your budget so that you do not accidentally exceed your means for the project. Take a look at the essential materials you’re going to need when starting a construction project.
A Reliable Truck
When you’re working in construction, you cannot come empty-handed. You’ll need to bring a variety of tools and protective equipment, which necessitates a large vehicle for transportation. If you already personally have a large truck you can use for this purpose, that’s wonderful. Most contractors, though, need to go about acquiring one before their first project.
There are quite a few options for obtaining a truck for your job site. One option is to buy a truck, but this will include a far more expensive upfront cost. This would be a good idea if you are confident that you and your business would get enough consistent use out of the vehicle for a period of many years.
Most contractors, though, might be unsure if a large, long-term purchase like that is the right decision for them and their business. Because of this, renting a truck is a great idea to get you to and from many projects. It’s possible to rent a truck for months at a time so that you can use it throughout your project but not be responsible for it once it is completed.
Renting a truck has several advantages. It doesn’t come with any long-term commitments, which is important since construction jobs can be unpredictable and include inconsistent periods of time in between. Renting trucks also gives you the opportunity to select a truck that is right for each project you undertake. Not every project you complete will be the same, and with rentals, the truck you use doesn’t have to be either. Instead, you can choose a truck that meets the requirement of the job site and project.
A First-Aid Kit
It’s no secret that construction work can be dangerous. You and your workers will be operating heavy machinery, using a variety of tools, and, in general, doing physical labor every day. Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, a standard first aid kit should accompany you every time you get to the site. No one plans for accidents to happen, but when they do, it’s a good idea to be prepared and ready to respond appropriately.
Personal Protective Equipment
Because construction is a high-risk line of work, making sure you have all the necessary personal protection is essential. Be sure to look up what the United States Department of Labor considers standard for construction workers to ensure you did not accidentally overlook a piece of equipment. You will need protection for your head, feet, ears, and your eyes and face. Respiratory protection is also extremely important.
To protect these body parts, there might be multiple options for protective gear. To protect your eyes and face, you can choose from a variety of glasses and face guards based on the nature of your construction site. At pretty much any job site, you should wear sturdy shoes to prevent slipping, and they should be protective if you are working with heavy machinery.
For hand protection, there are quite a few options depending on the type of work you do and what types of hazards you are exposed to. For head protection, hard hats are the standard, and for ear protection, it’s best to opt for earplugs or earmuffs.
A Fire Extinguisher
Bringing a fire extinguisher to your job site is important to remember. This will prepare you if an accident were to happen at or near your construction site and would ensure the safety of all your employees.
There are so many things to remember to bring before heading out for a construction job that it might be hard to keep track. To help manage the items and materials, make a list. Before leaving for the site each day, you can check off items on that list to be sure that you have all of the equipment necessary for a safe and effective day on the job.
Every project and job site is different, so the materials you will need to bring differs as well. However, items like a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, personal protective equipment, and a means of transportation are all constant and should be planned for and considered before you arrive for your first day on site. By gathering and planning for all of these items, materials, and pieces of equipment, you should be all set for your first day on site.