YOUR BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT
These top five tips from the experts will set you well on your way to building success, writes Chelsea Clark
Going it alone can be an attractive option for people looking at building their own home or renovating. By managing your own project you can save money on an already tight budget and have complete control over absolutelyutely everything to do with your build or renovation.
But managing timelines, budgets, approvals, contracts and tradespeople can also take its toll and, depending on the size of your project, may even require taking time off your regular job.
We asked the experts for their top project management tips and it’s no surprise their unanimous answer wer was to plan, plan and then plan some more.
“Before your project even gets off the ground, you have to make sure that you’re protected if everything falls over,” says Kaitlin Sells from Family Home Experts, a company that helps guide clients through their build or renovation project. “There are myriad contracts out there so if you’re not clear which contract you should be using, go a and speak with a construction lawye lawyer who can advise you which one is s suitable for the type of m management role you’ll be taking on,” she says. “If your management of the project doesn’t match your obligations in the contract, you c could be in a world of trouble if so something goes wrong and the cont contract won’t be there to support you so it’ it’s really important to get this right from the start.” The NSW Department of Fair Trading has free downloadable contracts available for both big and small projects.
A project like this kitchen, designed by Dean Herald from Rolling Stone Landscapes for his own family, takes a lot of careful planning.