Well, we’ve some food for thought that might change your mind.
What would a project manager do?
Whether you’re planning an extension, remodelling your kitchen or bathroom or carrying out a complete renovation of your Victorian house, the first task you face when embarking on a home refurbishment project is finding reputable contractors. Just think about all the different tradesmen you might need to engage, even for a modest sized project – electrician, plumber, plasterer, tiler, joiner, painter and decorator and so on. Do you have time to ring around various firms trying to find somebody you can trust? How can you avoid falling victim to the notorious cowboys of the trade? This is where the Victorian Emporium house refurbishment project management expertise can help. We have contacts in various trades and can guide you as to what each job should reasonably cost. We can also help source quality materials and fittings at the best prices.
Once your project is underway, we can advise on how to effectively supervise all the people in your home, to ensure that the workmen are doing their jobs. It’s disruptive and sometimes stressful having to live with work going on in your home. We know from experience and can help you to know how to minimise the impact and leave you free to get on with your day to day life. By understanding how to best project manage a house renovation from the outset you can ensure that everything runs smoothly, managing deadlines and budgets and generally looking after your best interests.
But it’s when things go wrong that your project manager really is invaluable. They can advise on environmental concerns, building regulations and planning applications. Poor management of a project can lead to delays, spiralling costs, shoddy workmanship and even legal problems.
When hiring a project manager you need to make sure they are properly qualified – they should have extensive experience in the building industry and may also be a member of a certified body such as the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which will ensure that they follow strict codes of best practice. Above all they must be insured, so that they are covered in the event of any issues.
Engaging the services of a project manager will give you peace of mind and help you avoid the many pitfalls and potentially costly mistakes that can befall an unlucky homeowner who tries to cut costs by doing the job themselves.