22 Oct Contacts for Construction: Who’s There to Help?
Starting a new project can be overwhelming but the good news is that there is a whole range of different contacts for construction projects and each can help you in a different way. In this blog, we’ll cover just a few to get you started and informed on some of the best people to contact. First we’ll cover estimation services, quantity surveyors, property surveyors and estate agents. We’ll also cover different kinds of designers, in more detail, from architects to structural engineers, to make sure you are getting the drawings you need and the applications submitted for an efficient and safe construction project.
If you’ve missed any of our other posts you can find them on our website www.innoconstruction.co.uk/blog. We’ve already covered a whole range of important information so far in this series on construction management and our overall goal is to teach you how to undertake a construction project from the very start through to the very end.
Surveyors and Estimators
Quantity surveyor / Estimations
Whilst some of the following people will be useful in certain circumstances, estimators are great for everyone. By hiring an estimator, you will be getting a non-bias sum of the cost of work you plan to carry out.
Quantity Surveyors go one step further and will actually manage all the finances of your construction work. They will carry out consultations, find you the right contractor, contract negotiations and disputes as well as carry out project valuations for contractor invoicing. However, these fees can become very expensive so we only recommend using what you need to keep your available funds allocated to your construction work.
Property Surveyors are perfect when you are purchasing a new home if you plan to renovate straight away. They will assist you by outlining any potential, pre-existing problems in the home which could pose significant barriers for your project.
If you are concerned about the value of your property after renovation works – whether this is for assets gains or potential resale later – your local estate agents will be able to give an estimated value of the property if the renovation works were to happen. The benefit of this is that it can help form your budget. Knowing how much the property value might change could also help you reimagine the budget for these planned works, loosening the restraints if you expect a large increase in value or else refining your costs to boost your profit margins.
Contacts for Construction Projects: Designers and Drawings
How to choose the correct designer:
Designers are one of the most useful, and necessary, contacts for construction projects but not every designer will be able to help you in the same way. Below we’ve outlined some of the need-to-know differences as well as the role these contacts can serve in your project.
If the work you are planning does not fall within your permitted development rights then you will need an architect to draw up your plans and submit them to the local authority. An architect will design and draw up the expected work which has many benefits such as making the job more efficient, ensuring safety and also working with your budget to maximize the cost-effectiveness of each decision.
A structural engineer will be required for any form of structural work that will be undertaken e.g. If you are making an opening into a load bearing wall. A structural engineer’s job is to understand the limits of buildings, the stress and pressure they are under from multiple factors and ensure everything is within safe levels. It is therefore absolutely necessary any project which involves structural work to be undertaken under the supervision of a structural engineer.
If you are undertaking any work which requires a designer then you must ensure you also appoint a building inspector to pass off the works as they are carried out by your local contractors. This can be done privately or through your local council, as per your preference.
Permitted Development Rights:
Whilst projects which fall under permitted development rights do not require the same kind of permission and planning, if you are planning on using the new space as a livable area (this includes bedrooms, bathrooms, conservatories, kitchens etc.) you will still need to use an architect. This is because it is necessary to get a simple set of regulation drawings submitted to the local council which will need to be at least 48 hours prior to the works commencement.
Local Council Applications:
Each different designer will handle your applications in a different way and it is important to know what to expect from each so that you’re not misled or expecting more than you will get.
Architects should offer to draw up your plans and submit them to the local council on your behalf. They will act as your representative for any amendments the council may require and will do as needed to get your project through planning.
Structural engineers on the other hand generally will not offer to do your applications and so you will need to contact a building officer authority to get this application and make payment for the necessary fees.
Even if the work you undertake falls under your permitted development rights and you do not require regulation drawings you mall still want a building inspector. For this, you should contact your local authority to find out if it is necessary.
With all the information in this blog post, you should now have enough contacts for construction work to begin. We’re very nearly at the end of our first major step Planning. We’ve covered permitted development, avoiding cowboy builders (we’ll soon have information on finding the perfect contractor) and how to properly budget and with our next few posts we’ll be moving onto the actual construction work itself.
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