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Architectural Projects and a Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor and Managing Budgets

When commencing a building project such as an extension or new build most individuals would have an approximate idea of what they have to spend. In order to calculate an anticipated cost you can research and retrieve the information yourself, however, this is time consuming and requires knowledge and understanding of what is required. Alternatively you could employ the services of a Quantity Surveyor.

A Quantity Surveyor has the ability to manage time, cost and highlight areas where delays are possible. They can also keep an eye on the quality of work being produced.

The role of the Quantity Surveyor is to initially provide an in depth assessment of the materials required for the build. This will be calculated from the drawings already provided by your architect, architectural technologist or architectural designer. They can then go to provide complete project costing’s and estimate timings for each stage of the project.

If you decide to take on your architect to project manage your build then the Quantity Surveyor will work closely to ensure the project will remain on budget and to timescale. Although these services come at a cost the savings made from having professionals running the build often outweigh this and you can potentially make substantial savings.

The cost of the services of a Quantity Surveyor will differ so if your project requires them it is worth retrieving several quotes or asking your architect who will often have experience of working with someone they would recommend.

At DMD Architecture we offer a full range of services to suit any sized extension, renovation or new build, including a full project management service. For a no obligation quote please give us a call.

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