Building a house is a big job
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.