Managing the contractors
O.K. then. First you have to get it straight in
your head that you are running the contractors, they are not
You have to know what you want done and then ask more than
one firm to quote. Ask for full specifications of the work to be
carried out and insist on a fixed price.
Compare the specifications to check that everything is being
taken into account. If two contractors omit an item that a third
specifies, find out why.
When you have examined the specs write up your own and get
them re-priced if necessary.
|With areas like wood treatments and gas and
electrical work, it is worth going with the established
With alarm companies too, because it will affect your
insurance and also, if something goes wrong later, itís good
to know that they will probably still be around to help.
Full specs and fixed prices are the order of the day and then
really its down to getting things done in the right order.
Timing is crucial. You donít want the electrician in to raggle
the walls after the plasterer has been and gone. Common sense stuff
you just have to think it out.
It helps if the contractors can also be pinned down to a
timescale of works. Time clauses donít really apply in the real
world on our domestic jobs, so best of luck.
Remit | The Look |
Managing the Budget |
Managing the Project