7 Benefits of Employing Your Own Renovation Project Manager

7 Benefits of Employing Your Own Renovation Project Manager

The way you structure and manage your home renovation/extension is crucial to your project’s success.

Many ‘design & construct’ renovation companies offer a project management resource, but whose best interests is that person fulfilling?

Generally, they will work to the best interest of their employer. That is, whoever is directly remunerating them – that’s their job.

However, a project manager that you’ve employed directly will work to satisfy your requirements, then the builders. That is, they’re remunerated by you to find your builder, check their work and keep things on track - you are their primary client and they’re your advocate.

So, with that in mind, here are 7 benefits of employing your own renovation project manager:

1. They’re Your Advocate – renovations/extensions are complex projects. As we’ve already said, having an advocate in your corner ensures you have more control of your project, your funds and the final product. They’ll be your ‘champion’.

2. Minimise Errors, Costs and Time Delays – If you’ve never managed a renovation project before, undertaking the hundreds of tasks in the right order, with the right people and the right budgets can be a daunting task. Engaging a project manager directly means you’ll be guided through the design, permit, construction and warranty stages of your renovation in the most efficient way – without the guesswork

3. Higher Work Quality – An expert project manager will step through the project on site to check everything from foundations to framing and tiling to tap fittings – plus more!

4. Selection of The Best Builder for Your Extension/Renovation – Choosing the right builder for your project requires both industry knowledge and a robust recruitment system, incorporating due diligence. There are tens of thousands of registered building practitioners in Victoria, however only a small number of them will be the right fit for your project.

5. Maintain Design Intent – renovation projects can sometimes lose their original design. Having a project manager who’s been involved from the beginning means they comprehend your original design requirements – don’t lose them!

6. On Time Delivery & Payment Scheduling – Your own advocate will work with the builder to improve timeframes and check all works are complete before endorsing the builder’s progress invoices to you. That means you aren’t drawn into project milestone issues.

7. Save Your Time and Avoid Disputes – whilst most competent people could take time off work to manage their renovation, is that really for you? Loss of income, asserting yourself to builders and tradesmen, enforcing building standards, early morning meetings, etc – the list just goes on. An expert project manager is skilled in resolving issues on site and keeping things moving forward.

If you’d like to find out more about having your home extension/renovation project managed, contact us.

Author, Richard Armstrong is a Director of Melbourne firm The Makeover Group. With more than a decade of home-renovation/extension experience, Richard is a registered building practitioner who has helped hundreds of Melbourne clients undertake renovations to their inner metro homes.Contact us