Derek Gough


A Guide To Using A Quantity Surveyor For Your Self Build Home

Here’s something everybody needs to understand about taking the DIY route with construction: there are aspects of this undertaking that should be left to the pros. Take the advice of seasoned builders who say, “If there’s a job that you don’t want done and paid for twice, leave it to the professionals.”

Among the professional services that you should really consider when you’re building a home are those provided by a quantity surveyor. A quantity surveyor manages the cost of construction projects so you can effectively stay within budget. The job is meticulous – it involves cost planning, scheduling, value engineering, feasibility studies and valuation of works and work packages. All in all a quantity surveyor will protect the financial aspect of your building project.

If you’re keen on hiring this professional, here is a guide to follow in utilising their services.

1. Consult your project with your quantity surveyor right away.

For a self-build home, lay down your plans early – doing this will allow the quantity surveyor to develop the estimated cost of the project and give you a good idea of how much money you’ll need for the project to be carried out properly.

2. Learn about the risks that come with sourcing services for certain components of the building project.

Before you’re presented the risks, the quantity surveyor will speak with the other professionals you’re hiring for the project to identify what the risks are. The quantity surveyor will then review them in order to make sure you will not be paying more than you need to.

3. Always discuss viable solutions to risks or issues.

Quantity surveyor can provide reliable advice on all the aspects of the project that will require your money. With his industry experience, he can list down all the cost-effective and efficient procurement options available to you so you can stay within budget without compromising the quality you want from the final product. You may even get a recommendation from professionals (such as landscapers and interior designers) that can assist with the project whose services your budget can afford.

4. If you’re considering altering some of your plans, consult that immediately with your quantity surveyor.

Change of plans always has a direct impact on the allocated budget. It’s imperative to keep your quantity surveyor updated about any change so the necessary adjustments can be done in a way that will preserve your original budget.

5. Make sure you get regular cost reports throughout the construction process.

This bit will help you stay on top of the completed work and the cost it has accumulated from the budget that you have set.

Hiring a quantity surveyor to assist you in this undertaking will cost you some but you can rest assured that it’ll be worth it. Not only will you be able to maintain your budget with the help of an expert, you may also save a significant amount of money without deviating from your project vision.

If you’d like to learn more about how a Quantity Surveyor can help you on your next project, please get in touch.

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No matter how big or small the job, you need reliable expertise when it comes to your quantity surveying. Call Derek Gough Associates today for free advice.

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