In order to understand construction schedule templates and knowing which one is best for your business and project, you first need to know the basics of a construction schedule.
During projects, you want to stay organized and make sure your clients are happy, right? Of course you do, that’s the goal of every construction company.
The best way to accomplish that is to make sure that every project begins with a construction schedule. In a nutshell, a construction schedule is used to help establish project timelines, keep you and your team organized, layout tasks and responsibilities, track progress, change orders and payments, and help keep you on time and budget.
A construction schedule helps you do that by laying out — in order — everything it will take to complete a project from start to finish. It’s like Lego instructions for how to make it to the end of the project with as few missing pieces as possible. It allows you to see how long it will take to get materials and carry out each task. It even allows you to assign who will be responsible for completing each project task and in what order.
Having a complete construction schedule helps you manage the flow of your projects and clients expectations with minimal stress.
Simply put, a construction schedule template is a pre-built construction schedule in spreadsheet format (Excel or Google Sheets) designed to save you the time of creating it from scratch.
If you’d like to build your own construction schedule from scratch, you may want to first check out our in-depth article, How to Create a Construction Schedule.
Before creating your own however, construction schedule templates can save you more than just time. They are pre-built to allow you to manage a project with more accuracy and insight. They might include a broad amount of information, but their purpose is to increase quality and keep your team on task, on budget, and on time. You will have a complete picture of how the project is running at any given time.
Most construction schedule templates provide you with the foundation for the success of your project by offering:
Note: BuildBook has a construction Gantt chart template that offers everything above and is completely free to download and use as your own.
Most construction schedule templates fall into three categories:
Each of these types can be used and broken down further based on the type of construction they’re being created for:
Even further, you might find them categorized based on the type of project. For example, residential remodeling construction schedule templates, or residential home construction schedule templates.
When deciding which one you should use for your project, it’s important to know that a construction schedule, construction Gantt chart, and construction project timeline all work together as one or each can be used independently on their own. Each one will have similar elements but focus on slightly different information.
As we mentioned previously, there are many free templates already available that you can use to save time, such as our free construction Gantt chart.
If you choose to build your own construction schedule template, the steps will differ based on the software you choose to use. We’ve outlined the steps on how to find a basic template and start creating your schedule in both Excel and Google Sheets in the following two articles:
But actually creating the schedule is just the first step. Laying out the details is just as important as the layout and template you choose.
Here is a checklist of what you’ll need to know:
If you'd like to learn more, read our article, How to Create a Construction Schedule.