Whether you are a first-time builder starting off on your first house or expanding your commercial premises, you may want to think about involving a Quantity Surveyor. When you engage a Quantity Surveyor in your project, you are getting a professional who understands the ins and outs of building and projects. And an expert cost controller.
Typically, when people build, their first call tends to be to an architect. When you work with either an architect or an engineer, they will design and submit the planning applications for you. But both professionals have very different priorities. An architect is focused on the overall look, concept and finish of the building while an engineer is more focused on the structural soundness of the building.
What is a Quantity Surveyor?
A Quantity Surveyor (QS) is considered the cost controllers of the project. A competent Quantity Surveyor will be an integral part of the decision-making process throughout the build. If your project is a one-off, small build, you may not need a QS for the entirety of the project; you may need them for the pre-construction stage to set the budget for all the work involved. However, keeping your QS on board for the whole build will help keep the project running smoothly and within your budget.
Involving your Quantity Surveyor in the project will give you a more accurate cost analysis and help you make better budget decisions. And if you are applying for a mortgage, having a more defined total cost will help you with the mortgage approval process.
Why would you need a Quantity Surveyor?
While your architect or engineer is designing your project, it looks beautiful, has all the design features you could ever want, what consideration has been given to budget? If your design plan incorporates highly specified materials or finishes, they may put you over budget, and you may not become aware of this until it is far too late into the project. This is where your QS proves invaluable. At the pre-construction stage, the QS will highlight all potential large costs that could push your project over budget or may be in need of additional money to finish out.
When you are working with a Quantity Surveyor, they will look at the high costs and look at alternative options which can save you money and keep you under budget. Or you may be able to reallocate the budget to another part of your project. For a small outlay, your QS could help you make significant savings throughout the project.
Your QS may also produce a “Bill of Quantities”, a schedule of all of the materials, costs for purchase, costs for installations by subcontractors. By having a BOQ, you will be able to use it as a budget, to track everything and ensure that you are not running out of money towards the latter stages of the project.
Managing a building project is hard enough; having a QS onboard to ensure costs don’t run over can give you real peace of mind.
At Chancery Group, we believe in working hard to make progress in the most cost-effective manner rather than working hard to fix expensive, preventable mistakes. Our team specializes in Chartered Quantity Surveying, Cost Consulting Services, Construction Project Management Services, Project Management Surveying and Chartered Engineering Services.
We provide these services across the Republic of Ireland to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors, including developers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, government agencies, religious orders, court services and commercial enterprises. To find out more about our services, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 057 9352340.