What is a Project Manager?

A project manager is a role widely understood in most industries — and construction is no different: it is the person who oversees and coordinates everyone else.

They are not necessarily the most technically gifted, or the best designer or builder, but the good ones are able to recognise that their role is to coordinate and manage the best people to carry out the project and keep full focus on the external factors which often get forgotten.


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What does a Project Manager do?

A professional project manager (PM) may well have an additional role in the project, such as being the architect or quantity surveyor, for example, but this does not take away from the skills that they will bring once they put their PM hat on, and these include:


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  • Managing the day-to-day running of the building site
  • Bring design and technical expertise to the project
  • Managing the health and safety of the site
  • Handling the contracts for all involved
  • Manage trades and contractors
  • Assist with legislative compliance
  • Provide you with access to a network of contacts
  • Bring experience to the project
  • Manage materials and plant
  • Provide a sounding board
  • Ensure compliance with the project specs
  • Takes pressure off you should you decide not to do the job yourself

How to Hire a Project Manager?

Finding a good project manager is akin to finding gold, but worth the hunt — look at a variety of sources relating to each individual and then hone in on the one you prefer.

  • Start with a trade association/professional body to establish the high level credentials. The Association of Project Managers and RICS are both accredited bodies for professional project managers, and their websites are excellent places to start
  • Look at their credentials and experience, and make sure you meet with them — these days we tend to exist online, and forget that face to face is the best way to establish trust and confidence. Ask about their previous schemes, engage with them and look to build that trust
  • Personal recommendation is always a good source of course, but remember that every self build scheme is different, and the myriad of circumstances that affect projects and the people involved vary widely — don’t just go on someone else’s opinion only, use your own instinct, eyes and thinking

How much does a Project Manager Cost?

The fees payable are generally estimated in the first place by a percentage proportion of the estimated cost of the project — this gives the PM an idea of the fee level they are quoting you.

Prior to appointment however, make sure you convert this estimate into a fixed lump-sum agreement for the services, otherwise you are at the mercy of rising construction costs and variations which will compound in the fees you are paying!

It is naïve to say that they will save you money. What I would suggest however, is that a good PM will cover their fees in avoiding mistakes and issues that would otherwise occur. The corollary of this adds value, and as such the smooth running and successful outcome of the project more than offsets the potential risks and costs which the PM is there to avoid.

See the original article here https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/what-is-a-project-manager/


Quick tip

Paint effects

Try out different paint effects to give your home a new look, try rag rolling, stippling or marbling. If you’re handy with a paint brush and eager to let your inner artist out, then consider painting a trompe l’oeil effect on a wall. Remember you could simply project an image onto a wall and paint around it – you don’t need to be a great artist to have a go at this. So get your paint brushes out and get creative.


 

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Electrical Tip

“Although at first glance lighting, sockets and off-peak heating in France may all appear familiar, closer investigation will reveal that the installation methods are different to those employed in the UK”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

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