Schedule for large construction projects can be complex, and few development managers relax until the entire project is complete. It can take years before a large project is finished, but many of them are done in sections. This type of scheduling allows sales or rental of completed parts of the project, and it eases the economic strain on the builder. One part where many may feel relieved is when the finishing touches are added. If the project is for housing, adding cabinets and flooring or painting can signify the project is nearing completion.
Many construction companies building housing have found larger projects bring in more money to the company, and they keep workers from seeking jobs elsewhere. Developers have found large projects are also a way to add to their reputation. It can be costly to begin a housing development, but the end product is usually profitable. Being able to divide a large piece of land and sell lots with homes can transform a small building company into one ready for more large projects.
Houses are the physical structures being built, so they require residents to turn them into homes. Most projects that create entire neighbourhoods have a sales department that begins work as soon as the project receives permits. They often offer many choices for buyers, and they include a choice of flooring, cabinet styles, house colours, and wall finishes. As the company finishes the structure of each house, they can then add those options selected by the purchasers, and the house or apartment unit will be ready for occupancy.
As the neighbourhood begins to get residents, interest in it often rises. People want to move where others already live because they want the feeling of a settled neighbourhood, and builders count on that to increase their sales. Adding the finishing touches on even one building can be significant as the project begins to pay back the investment already made in getting it started.