Professionals who can manage your house-building p

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Architect or designer-managed If you are using a registered architect to custom-design your home, they will probably offer a full service, which includes managing the project. In fact, they will probably prefer this option.

If the plans are being drawn by an architectural designer or an architectural draughtsperson, they may also offer this service.

Keeping on the architect/designer means paying for their services, and you may be tempted to stop using them once the plans are drawn to make some savings. This could prove to be false economy.

The plans are only written instructions. Are you confident that you will be able to interpret them when the builder asks a question about them?

If they are interpreted incorrectly, there could be costly mistakes, and it may not be clear who is liable for the costs once the architect has stepped away from the project.

Company-managed

When you use a group housing company, or kitset/pre-built home, the price usually includes the services of a project manager. Often you are buying the section, plans and building services as part of the package and don’t have to organise any of this yourself. But it doesn’t mean stepping away and not taking any interest in the project. 

Builder-managed

When you hire a builder on a full contract, depending on what is in the terms of the contract, they can manage everything from getting a designer, hiring the subcontractors, liaising with you on variations and getting materials on site. 

Or, you might have a hybrid arrangement where you use an architect or designer to do the plans and have an overview of the entire project, as well as monitor the budget and progress payments, but the builder takes on the hiring, and acquiring of materials and organising inspections. 

The responsibilities need to be clearly spelt out in the contract.

Other professionals

Other professionals, like quantity surveyors, sometimes take on the project management task. This can happen by default, for example, when the project manager you engaged lets you down.