Build­ing a house is a big job

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

THERE is a great deal in­volved in man­ag­ing a house-build­ing project, in­clud­ing ma­jor ren­o­va­tion projects.

Whether you are man­ag­ing the project your­self, or leav­ing it all to some­one else, the main tasks in­clude: Ar­rang­ing fi­nance. Or­gan­is­ing the de­sign.

Your ar­chi­tect/de­signer’s pref­er­ence to take a project only if they can man­age it right through to the end.

How well each of the par­ties work with you and each other. You might choose to have dif­fer­ent peo­ple man­ag­ing dif­fer­ent stages. But with this op­tion you will need to be very clear where each per­son’s re­spon­si­bil­ity starts and ends.

The im­por­tance of reg­u­lar site vis­its and mon­i­tor­ing.

The form of con­tract signed by the var­i­ous par­ties. What are the op­tions? There are many dif­fer­ent ways to man­age a house-build­ing project – you have to come to an ar­range­ment that suits you. Gen­er­ally the op­tions are: The reg­is­tered ar­chi­tect or de­signer man­ages the en­tire project.

The reg­is­tered ar­chi­tect or de­signer man­ages un­til build­ing starts, then some­one else (the main con­trac­tor, the quan­tity sur­veyor, the en­gi­neer, or you) takes over.

A project man­ager is pro­vided by the com­pany when you use a group, pre-built or kit­set com­pany.

The builder un­der a full con­tract man­ages the en­tire project (ei­ther the builder pro­vides a de­sign and build ser­vice, or you pro­vide the plans and the builder man­ages the con­struc­tion).

For ren­o­va­tions and al­ter­ations, one of the con­trac­tors for ex­am­ple, the joiner putting in the new kitchen man­ages the project.

You use an­other type of pro­fes­sional, such as the en­gi­neer or a quan­tity sur­veyor, to man­age all, or part, of the project.

You hire a pro­fes­sional project man­ager. You use a BRANZ Ac­cred­ited Ad­viser. You man­age the en­tire project en­gag­ing the builder un­der a labour-only con­tract and en­gag­ing the sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers when needed. What­ever op­tion you choose, make sure there is a writ­ten con­tract that clearly sets out the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of all the par­ties. It is a good idea to get the ad­vice of a lawyer. sub­con­trac­tors and sort­ing out prob­lems.

In summary, the ad­van­tages of hav­ing a pro­fes­sional man­age the project are:

The pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and ex­per­tise they pro­vide.

Re­duc­ing the tech­ni­cal, con­trac­tual and fi­nan­cial risks to you, for ex­am­ple, meet­ing progress pay­ments on time. Re­duc­ing the risk of lit­i­ga­tion. Free­ing you from be­ing obliged to mon­i­tor ev­ery step your­self.

When to en­gage the project man­ager de­pends on the type of man­ager you use. If it is an ar­chi­tect or de­signer they will be in at the start. They will want to see the sec­tion be­fore they draw up any plans. In all cases, it is best to in­volve your project man­ager as early as pos­si­ble. A knowl­edge­able project man­ager can ad­vise you on the sec­tion – such as point­ing out pos­si­ble prob­lems like soft soil and or­gan­ise an en­gi­neer’s re­port.

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