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10 Essential Steps to Minimize Property Loss During Construction

As a commercial property owner, you want to do everything in your power to prevent property loss. This is especially true while a construction project is underway. If you’re getting a bathroom remodeled or tree damage cleaned up, for example — how can you be sure the construction site and the rest of your property remains undisturbed?

As both full-service contractors and property damage consultants, Cavalry understands the  (probably more than most!) the concerns of property owners who are getting work done on their buildings. We’re here to answer questions about property loss consulting, and give you 10 helpful tips for minimizing losses during construction. Let’s dive in. 

What Is a Property Damage Consultant?

Property damage consulting is a specialized service provided by experts in evaluating and analyzing property damage or loss. These consultants are typically hired to assess the extent of damage to properties and provide expert guidance throughout the claims process.

Property loss consultants take on several responsibilities, including: 

  • Assessing property damage: After an incident such as a fire, flood, storm, or any other event causing damage to a property, the consultant team will visit the site to evaluate and document the extent of the damage. Property loss consultants also help property owners who have experienced losses during construction.
  • Estimate losses: The consultant will calculate the monetary value of the property loss based on the damage assessment. This valuation may include both tangible assets like buildings and structures, as well as contents like furniture, equipment, and inventory.
  • Prepare detailed reports: The consultant will compile detailed reports, often referred to as property damage assessments or insurance claim reports, that outline the extent of the damage, the estimated losses, and the factors taken into consideration during the assessment.
  • Recommending loss prevention tactics: Beyond assessing damage, property loss consultants may offer recommendations to prevent future losses. They may suggest improvements in risk management strategies, safety measures, or security protocols to minimize the risk of similar incidents in the future. That’s exactly what we’re going to do in this next section — keep reading.

How To Minimize Property Loss: 10 Essential Steps

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Property loss can result from accidents, natural disasters, negligence, or even malicious activities, like theft on a construction site. To safeguard construction projects and protect the investment of stakeholders, it’s crucial to adhere to risk management and safety measures. Here are 10 of the most critical steps. 

1. Hire experienced contractors and subcontractors.

The foundation of any successful construction project lies in the expertise and reliability of the contractors and subcontractors involved. Hiring experienced professionals with a proven track record of safety and quality work like Cavalry is crucial. Established contractors will have a well-defined safety protocol, implement industry best practices, and prioritize employee training, reducing the likelihood of property loss due to inadequate workmanship.

2. Make sure you’re complying with building codes and regulations.

Building codes and regulations are established to ensure the safety and structural integrity of construction projects. Compliance with these codes isn’t optional — it’s mandatory. Adhering to building standards set by local and national authorities helps minimize property loss risks by ensuring the use of approved materials and methods. Regular inspections throughout the construction process are essential to verify compliance and identify any deviations that require correction.

3. Conduct a thorough risk assessment.

Identifying potential hazards and vulnerabilities before construction begins can minimize the risk of property loss. This assessment should cover factors such as site location, surrounding structures, soil conditions, weather patterns, and environmental concerns. By understanding the risks associated with the project, you’ll be able to develop a risk management plan that incorporates mitigation strategies, contingency plans, and emergency response procedures to minimize property loss in the face of unforeseen events.

4. Ensure your contractors have implemented robust safety training programs. 

The construction industry is inherently risky. Accidents can and do occur if workers don’t receive adequate training to recognize and avoid potential hazards. Implementing regular safety training programs is a proactive approach to minimizing property loss. Well-informed and trained workers are better equipped to prevent accidents and property damage during construction.

5. Establish a contingency plan.

Work with your construction team to develop a contingency plan for unforeseen events that could lead to property loss. This plan should outline procedures to address emergencies, property damage, and potential delays to minimize the impact on the project and your property.

6. Secure the construction site.

Even during non-working hours, a construction site can be vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and unauthorized access. Mounting sturdy perimeter fencing, using lockable gates, and employing security personnel or surveillance systems are effective measures to deter potential intruders.

7. Conduct regular inspections and maintenance. 

It’s best practice to conduct regular inspections of the construction site to identify potential safety hazards, equipment malfunctions, or structural weaknesses that may lead to property loss. By conducting routine checks, construction professionals can proactively address issues before they escalate into significant problems. Proper maintenance of equipment, machinery, and construction materials also reduces the risk of accidents and property damage.

8. Ensure proper storage of materials and equipment. 

Store construction materials and equipment in designated areas and secure them properly. This reduces the likelihood of damage from exposure to weather, theft, or accidental collisions.

9. Weather monitoring and preparedness.

Keep a close eye on weather forecasts and take necessary precautions if severe weather is expected. This may include securing loose items, protecting open areas, or temporary halting of work in extreme conditions. In Texas, construction sites may be in the path of extreme weather, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Anticipating these events and securing the site prior to storm touchdown is crucial to keep every component of the job safe. 

10. Keep fires at bay. 

Nearly 3,500 fires occur on construction sites in the U.S. every year, devastating projects and sometimes becoming lethal. Develop a well-defined fire safety plan that outlines emergency procedures, evacuation routes, and the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarms. Ensure all workers are familiar with the plan and conduct regular fire drills to reinforce safety protocols. If possible, use fire-resistant materials and fire detection systems with smoke and heat sensors. These early warning systems can detect fires in their early stages, allowing for quick responses and minimizing potential damage.

Cavalry Is Here For You In Times Of Need

Cavalry Construction is not only a proud full-service contractor — we also serve as property loss consultants. 

Our team has performed loss consulting throughout the U.S. and in several countries abroad.  Cavalry consultants are trusted experts in the field and are equipped to serve on a variety of construction projects. Ranging from construction defects to commercial building structures — to even a large-scale explosion that spread building debris across the property — we’ve seen it all and have the collective experience in place to accurately estimate and advise on any type of property loss.

We work with clients across the state of Texas, including in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Our lines are open 24/7 for your call, so you can get in touch whenever the need arises. 

Call Us: 888-601-3473

About Cavalry Construction

Cavalry has served home and business owners across Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth since 1989. Our clients count on us to help restore their homes and businesses after experiencing roof damage from a hailstorm, and our experienced roofing contractors and restoration teams are always ready to help in times of need.

If you have questions about hail damage restoration or other reconstruction services, get in touch. You can reach us anytime at 888-601-3473.