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Why use a project manager?

Why use a project manager?

I am often asked about my role as project manager and why it is important to have someone overseeing the build.

In this blog, I therefore decided to have a look at the top five benefits of employing a project manager.

  1. Saving costs

People worry about the cost of employing a project manager but someone experienced and efficient will end up saving you money.

A project manager should have a sound knowledge of prices – they will be able to negotiate the best deals for you.

They will be experienced in haggling with suppliers, gaining trade discounts and investigating supply alternatives.

They will have an in-depth understanding of day rates for trades and to assess quotes to decide how reasonable they are.

For different jobs it can be cost advantageous to take different approaches – for example, hourly or day rates versus fixed costs – and it takes experience to know which route is the best in any situation.

Without doubt, savings can also be made in value-engineering the design at an early stage – understanding the client’s priorities will help here too.

Finally, there are the “invisible” savings that occur when a project manager avoids unnecessary problems in the first place or resolving issues quickly by being on hand.

  1. Acting as an interface

In residential construction projects, the project manager is the interface between client, other project professionals and whatever is happening on the site.

While a building contractor might be “build-facing” and an architect “architecture-facing,” a project manager will always be “client-facing.”

He or she is able to get to know the client, develop a sound working relationship and be able to take on board and deliver their brief.

  1. Coordinating the project

The project manager can take all the stress from the shoulders of the client, coordinating and scheduling works, as well as deliveries of materials.

He or she will also liaise with utilities, trades, surveyors, architects and any suppliers.

  1. Trouble-shooting and resolving conflict

A project manager should have excellent organisational and communicate skills, ensuring they can step in and smooth over any difficulties.

By being on hand, they should be able to spot potential issues before they occur.

Simply by being available for a tradesperson to ask a question rather than carrying on with what they think is right, they should be able to avert costly and time-wasting problems.

In the event of a dispute or conflict, they can liaise with your neighbours, trades people, utilities, local authority and building control, to seek a satisfactory resolution.

  1. Ensuring a successful build

You want your project to be the very best it can be – and a project manager should help you to achieve that.

Experience and proximity to the project on a daily basis should mean they also identify opportunities not perhaps noticed in the planning phase.

This might include creating features, improving aesthetics and enhancing the finish.

A project manager should also ensure all compliance is met and that you fulfil any required legal obligations.

Finally, your project manager is your own personal quality control.

He or she will give your project the attention it deserves from start to finish to ensure no corners are cut and your new space is everything you hoped it would be.

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