Whether you are building a house or a skyscraper, a project manager sees the build through from start to finish, whilst keeping it within the allocated timeframe and budget.
When doing an extension or a build you would traditionally follow this pathway:
Building companies may have project managers in their team, but they generally serve the interests of the company that employs them. It is therefore prudent for you to hire an independent project manager to oversee the build and safeguard your interests.
Attendance is important, as nothing beats seeing what is going on in the flesh and communicating with personnel on site. Some project managers attend once a week, others every second day depending on the project. Experienced developers require frequent attendance by all team members more and more often.
With their years of experience and the fact that they are independent from the building company, project managers would be able to pick up on any missed or incorrectly done work. The project manager would instruct the builder to “nip this in the bud” and instruct your builder to have this rectified.
A project manager’s job is to take the stress off your hands and ensure the build proceeds as smoothly as possible and within the agreed timeframe and budget, whilst maintaining good relationships between all parties.
Builders may have given an initial quote, but for a variety of reasons they go overbudget. It is typical.
Project managers deal with all parties, plus deliveries – all of which need to be within a tight deadline to avoid delays in the build, and finances. Our aim at Prinsegate is to be under budget and we know that time is money.
When problems arise, your project manager must be quick-thinking and find solutions for these so the work can continue efficiently. A project manager can make or break a project. Your project manager is arguably the most important party in your build, as they have the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the build.
A project manager should carry out the following example activities:
At Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors we undertake projects big and small for our clients. With a background as contractors and years of building surveying and party wall expertise, our team are able to plan and ensure your projects are completed in a timely, cost-efficient manner in line with local regulations. Give us a call today to discuss your project and find out how we can assist.