House Extensions: The Role of a Project Manager

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Are you considering a major house renovation or extension in the UK? Renov8experts are one of the most reliable construction companies in London, and through our years of experience, we have realised the importance of a project manager during this process.

House renovation projects can be a seriously costly affair, especially if you don’t have professional guidance and so it comes as no surprise to us that many people try and find ways to save, and to cut costs.

It takes someone with a lot of skill and experience to implement their own extension, so hiring a construction company to conduct the build is recommended. But, where many individuals think they can cut costs is through disregarding the importance of hiring a project manager for the extension process, and instead attempting to coordinate the work and contractors themselves.

This can prove to be a major mistake because a project manager plays a significant role in the seamlessness of a build. Unless you have experience with how the entire process is supposed to play out, then having a project manager to supervise it is crucial.

Here are 3 reasons why you need a project manager for your house renovation:

1.      They will manage tradesman

Probably the most difficult task for someone who is inexperienced is physically managing the people implementing the job. A project manager will ensure tradesmen, such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and builders are managed properly in terms of time, quality of work and approach.

tradesmen working on a kitchen renovation

You see, oftentimes, without supervision, tradesmen can make costly mistakes. Having a project manager will relieve you of the highly stressful, mentally taxing and time-consuming responsibility of managing multiple tradesmen, making the project much more efficient and less expensive with minimal complications.

2.      They will coordinate the entire process

A project manager is responsible for the management and time organisation of a house renovation project which includes much more than you would expect. If you have had construction work done on your house before, you will know that projects hardly ever run to the exact schedule you set out from the beginning and unexpected problems often develop. 

To ensure your best shot at preventing these, a good project manager will foresee potential problems early on in the process, if not at the very beginning, making sure things run as seamlessly as possible.  Many delays, problems and unexpected costs are caused by the lack of a project manager being present through the build process.

A project manager’s primary goal is to ensure that your house extension or renovation gets delivered on time and on budget, without compromising on the quality of the build.

A project manager compiles preliminary budgets and schedules, to establish a plan and expectations from the very beginning of the renovation process. With renov8experts, we facilitate the entire operation, which many construction companies in London do not. This means we have an in-house project manager, contractors, designers and architects.

A quality project manager will have well-established relationships with vendors as well as years of experience in the industry that they will leverage to ensure that no time or money is wasted in the delivery of your renovation.

3.      They will oversee contracts

When you hire a contractor to renovate your home, it is a commitment from both sides, but a verbal agreement is not enough. You should never employ a contractor without having a comprehensive contract in place.

studio apartment kitchen showcase

Your renovation will need several professionals to complete it. These include:

  • An engineer
  • An architect
  • An electrician
  • A plumber
  • A designer
  • Builders

All these people will need a contract. This aspect of your renovation project is very specialised and so, your project manager will work with a specialist construction lawyer to compile these contracts and ensure that all parties are happy and that they are signed and honoured.

One of the Best Construction Companies in London

Again, this is one way of doing it, but if you want an all-inclusive option, we are one of the most experienced construction companies in London offering this. All you will need to do is call us for a free, no obligation quote and we can facilitate the complete process. Considering a loft conversion? Well that’s what makes us one of the best construction companies in London too – we are experts in this field and this blog details everything you need to know.

Not only will a project manager with their own in-house team be the most uncomplicated and efficient option, but it will also save you money because many extra costs are absorbed through an all-inclusive package. You won’t need to pay everyone separately – everything is incorporated into one fee, one quote.  

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