Project Management for Building Work

Are you about to embark on a renovation or extension project for your home? Learn how to put together a team of professionals to complete the project.

You need to start by assembling a team that you can trust if you want your grand plans for a home renovation project or a self-build to become a reality.

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Hire a project manager if necessary or manage it yourself

You need to decide whether you want to manage your own project or hire someone to do it for you. It’s easy to underestimate how long a project can take, especially if it is your first.

If you hire a main contractor, they will either subcontract out the work to other companies or use their own staff. It is ultimately their responsibility to complete the project on schedule and within budget, provided you include this in the contract you sign.

It is always a wise idea to get quotes from three or more firms before choosing a contractor. Remember that the cheapest quote is not always the best. It is a good idea to visit their previous work and ask for references. This will give you a better idea of the standard of their work.

You can save money by managing the project yourself, rather than hiring a main contractor. However, this takes a lot more time and is difficult if your contacts are not extensive.

You will need:

  • Architect
  • Surveyor/structural engineer
  • For Cotswold Builders, see
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber

Selecting your contractor

You can choose to manage the project yourself or hire a main contractor. There are some things to keep in mind when choosing a contractor. You can save money by buying materials yourself but may not get them at the same price as your builder.

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It is a positive sign if a tradesperson or company is currently a member of an organisation that is trusted, such as Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Checkatrade (TrustMark), NAPIT (National Association of Professional Inspectors and Technicians), Institute of Carpenters. However, it is important to check references and previous work.

If you’re unhappy with the work or progress of a company, find out if there is a third-party complaint procedure.

Tradespeople or companies can provide examples of previous projects they have completed for clients in your locality.

Check to see if the Building Control Officer in your area is familiar with the company or the tradesperson.

Beware of companies that ask you to pay the entire amount upfront. Payment is usually made in phases as the project advances, but ensure that this is clearly stated in the contract.

It is important to agree in advance who and how you will pay for any costs that may arise from changes to plans or building regulations.

Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown