5 Advantages of having a Construction Manager building your house Project
In these challenging times of economic struggle, building a house can be daunting as many companies are suffering from the fallen of the construction business. Who are the best companies, most qualified for the job and are they financially healthy to provide the post-completion guarantee period, are some of the questions most plot owners have when they decide to build. So, if building a house can be daunting, imagine building a house in a foreign Country, where you don’t speak the language, or know your ways around. It might be the time for you to consider selecting a Construction Manager (CM) for your project.
Hiring a Construction Manager (CM) is today a smart decision towards having fewer risks during all phases of the project, as will be an extension of the owner, working in his interest at all times. On the other side of the business table is the contractor, whose interest is maximizing his own profit margin, thus not necessarily aligned with the owner’s interest, so yes, having a CM for a professional fee working on the owner’s side, is definitely a good improvement to your project.
Here are 5 reasons to work with a CM rather than just having a General Contractor:
Construction Managers have the training and experience to help control the costs during construction. They have contacts among industry professionals, so not only will this help identify the right subcontractors at the right price for your project, they will have a better understanding of the costs associated with various projects. This allows a CM to more accurately assess project bids and choose the one that best fits your finances.
CM’S COSTS ARE NOT AN ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO THE OWNER
It is important to note that a CM’s fee is not an additional cost. The construction management fee simply replaces the lump sum contractor’s overhead and profit. Moreover, the CM reduces costs by managing and supervising subcontractors for different tasks, thus removing them from the General Contractor’s profit. Although in the beginning of construction, the Contractor settled a building cost; there are few incentives for him to reduce that cost and often large incentives to increase it. With a CM, when the project is completed and all the final costs are known, the owner paid only the initial settled costs plus the CM’s fee.
Because of his early project involvement, a CM can introduce quality control as early as the conceptual stages of the building program, providing pre-construction services (estimating, value engineering, scheduling, safety, etc). This is a level of quality control that cannot be provided by the General Contractor. A CM will also supervise the building quality by daily checking materials and construction processes, ensuring works are progressing in compliance with agreed quality, time and cost parameters.
Construction Managers start to schedule the project since the day they are hired, from the preconstruction phase until completion. They have the insight into the time frame in which various projects should be completed. They have the expertise to properly schedule all tasks and keep them running on time; making sure you not only save money but get your project completed on time. On the other hand, the general contractor only follows the project schedule and does not actively shape or control it, since he will enter the process only in the construction phase.
Working as a member of the owner’s team, the Construction Managers’ interests are synonymous with those of the owner, insuring that he receives the best design considerations, the best construction methods and materials, and the best pricing, as well as the highest quality consistent with your design intent. CMs are the owner’s eyes and ears throughout the project, making sure that every alteration, every finishing touch, every piece of the puzzle fits together in the right way to benefit the client’s needs in the long run.