What Is Scope Creep?
"Clients don’t understand how scope creep affects the scheduling and costs skyrocketing.” Paul Maina, Paul R. Maina Builders
The Impact of Scope Creep
Scope creep is a common cross-industry phenomenon. According to an article from Villanova University, just 32% of all projects were delivered on time, on budget, with required features and functions. In comparison, 44% were challenged; these projects were late, over budget, and/or with less than the required features and functions.
Here are a few of the impacts of scope creep specific to home renovation projects:
Budget Overruns. According to the Houzz & Home Study, 46% of homeowners who renovated in the prior year went over budget, and 31% of homeowners who renovated in 2017 cited changing the scope or design as the reason why they went over budget.
Project Delays. Scope creep can cause delays not only on the expanded project, but on other projects in your queue, putting you in a bind.
Reduced Profitability. If the scope creeps, it can reduce your profit margin on the project if you give away time or take a loss on some materials to fulfill a change order.
“Clients don’t understand how scope creep affects the scheduling and costs skyrocketing. When the scope creeps, many clients think that each subcontractor is waiting while we are nailing down the new scope, then they are expected to jump right to attention. The reality is the subs leave the job to go make money somewhere else and will come back when they are completed.” Paul Maina, Paul R. Maina Builders
“Scope creep can eat your fees alive! You need to outline expectations of what will be delivered upfront and that client delays or changes will require additional fees.” Enoch Sears, Architect