19/02/2019 005 / HOW TO MANAGE SMALL TRADES AND BUILDERS EFFECTIVELY ON SITE EFFECTIVELY
Whether you are just starting out in your property adventure, or have been doing it for the last twenty years. I am sure all of you have had the experience of trade peoples and builders letting you down. Am I right?
Having seen all sides of the fence, being both an Architect, Builder and now Client as well I have put together a list of a few good tips to keep in mind to ensure that your next project become a success if you are looking to project manage your own developments
Street check gives you a quick idea of demographics of the area, employment level, education level etc so you can work out the likely profiles of target buyers or tenants.
Once you have shortlisted potential Architects that you would like to contact to discuss your project with, here are some pointers to consider when making initial contact. Most Architects will happily discuss potential projects with you for free over the phone or arrange an initial meeting to discuss your project further.
+ check your architect's credentials In the UK, all qualified Architects must be registered with The Architects Registration Board (ARB). You can access the Register of Architects on their website for free and check that your Architect is registered. This ensures that they have had the education, experience and practice to work as an Architect. Be wary of non-qualified draughtsmen and designers offering architectural services.
+ personality In some professions, personality is not relevant as long as the job is done successfully. Architecture is not one of those professions. In order for your Architect to design your home successfully, they will have to get to know you, how you live, your daily routines, family relationships and so on in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your building project. So it is extremely important that you get on well with and feel comfort with your Architect.
+ design ethos All architects have different approaches to design. It is possible to gauge an Architect’s approach to design from their website most of the time and from initial conversations with them. You should ask yourself whether you like their design approach and does it suit you and your project? If you desire a particular outcome such as a sustainable or passive home, it would be best to find an Architect that specialises within that area..
+ availability & interest If you have a particular timescale in mind it is best to share this with your potential Architect during the initial discussions to avoid wasting anyone's time. Similarly, Architects don't always take on every project and may not be interested in your project due to the size, type of project or location for example.
+ who It can often be the case that the Directors or Partners have the majority of face to face contact with clients, however behind the scenes there can be someone less experienced and more junior working on your project on a day to day basis. Therefore I would recommend finding out at the start who will be working on your project and in what capacity.
Last updated: 01/01/2019
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