What is a Quantity Surveyor and what do they do specifically you may ask? This question is quite common and the answer will undoubtedly vary from the area of practice that you’re talking about. In general terms, a Quantity Surveyor is a person who could be viewed as a construction economist, contract adviser, cost manager
What is a Quantity Surveyor and what do they do specifically you may ask?
This question is quite common and the answer will undoubtedly vary from the area of practice that you’re talking about. In general terms, a Quantity Surveyor is a person who could be viewed as a construction economist, contract adviser, cost manager and client representative – all rolled into one. Realistically, if you’re thinking about going down the self-build route then hiring a Quantity Surveyor is the only way you’ll be able to get a concise and clear set of instructions on how to go about it. He/She will be able to map out every single detail that’s required for your house. Not only that, but you will also have a list of items that you can go out and get comparative quotes from. You will find that different builders have a big variance in quotes. With a self-build project, a QS will also provide you with a detailed estimate of the total cost of the project, while also giving you recommendations about contract clauses with the builders that you finally choose. This alone is worth the price as it can be a massive pain for those of us that know nothing about that side of the coin.
Once you get the project underway, the QS will keep a very tight eye on the ongoing costs. If there are any changes in costs of materials from the builder’s initial quotes, then the QS would be on hand to price them themselves – to make sure you’re getting a fair deal. This is the kind of experience that having a good QS on your side can bring to the table. When the self-build project is finished – your QS will prepare a detailed final summary/account, which will take everything into consideration including, overall costs involved and the final statement of any payments that need to be allocated to the contractors. Having a really good QS can be pricey for a self-build project. However, the level of experience and the qualifications that they bring gives everyone the reassurance that the costs involved are being reviewed by a professional.
This is a major bonus, especially to the self-builder themselves. In many cases, self-builders will bring in a project manager or an architect to do this job, but if they want other areas covered as well – in a type of “one stop shop” solution, then a QS is most definitely the way to go. Obviously the architect has his/her own set of skills, which are completely different, but the QS will oversee all the money side of things and give you a complete breakdown of everything. In addition to this, a QS would also be able to give you building regulation insights as well. As a self-builder, you will need a lot of guidance and personal service. At the end of the day, apart from getting all the information that you need regarding the project, a QS will prevent you from getting ripped off.1 comment