If you are considering building work in your home you should think about employing a project manager, especially if you don’t have the time or expertise to manage the process yourself.
He or she will help ensure that you not only get what you want, but also get it at the price you can afford, and within the timescale you require
What does a project manager do?
They oversee the minutiae of the project from the design stage onwards.
They draw up a schedule of works, see that the right people and materials are on site when needed, and make sure your project comes in on time and on budget.
They compare costings, negotiate with tradespeople, approve completed work, authorise payment and deal with snags.
Firms such as Building Project Management will supply architects and other trades required. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) offers a certificate in project management and the Association for Project Management offers several certificated professional qualifications. staircase supplier
How do I find a project manager?
Project management is usually an extra service supplied by your architect, surveyor or builder. Check RIBA and the Association for Project Management for information.
Most would prefer to be in at the beginning, in fact, firms such as Lee-Wright Associates will not take on a project unless they have done all the preliminary drawings and design. Others will take on a project post-design, as long as they are happy with the plans.
Ask for details of similar projects and references. Once you’ve outlined what you want, a project manager will work with you to plan the budget and timeline.
You can choose to meet regularly with your project manager or only following significant milestones, such as when the project manager is about to sign off work to release a payment
You will be charged either a flat fee, dependent on the time spent on your project, or a percentage of construction cost (around two to three per cent).
A project manager is your one sympathetic point of contact and greatly reduces stress. Anthony Lee-Wright says, “One of my clients had just two meetings with me in seven months, for a complete rebuild from top to bottom.” Anthony’s average job is a £100,000-£200,000 project but, he says, even on a £20,000 extension, “it is well worth getting in a project manager if you are very busy with your own job.”