The Build Phase
At Home Tales, we are always thinking of innovative ways to deliver quality service at a competitive price. Building works can be such a minefield when it comes to appointing a contractor. It's a competitive market, and you certainly won't struggle to find quotes. What is challenging is to find is a builder who you can trust. You want someone who is reliable, experienced, and that has a glowing reputation. As a result of this demand, we have seen the growth of high profile, branded companies, that promise you quality, but in exchange for an inflated build price.
The Home Tales Strategy | Save Money & Keep Quality
We re-thought the strategy and stripped back all of the unnecessary overhead costs that these large companies need to stay in business. We connect you directly with the builder. All of our recommendations are from genuine relationships which have been built up over a number of years. In fact a lot of our recommendations will be the very same contractors the larger companies sub-contract their jobs to.
Extra Support | The Home Tales Project Management Service
This is where our Project Management comes in. Our project management services is an optional bolt-on service, so it's entirely up to you when and if you select it. As mentioned above, we connect you directly to the builder. This means that you lose the branded office hub that the larger companies offer. Most of these companies will incorporate some level of project management into their build cost, as they want to keep oversite of how things are going during the build. Our project management service is the very same middleman these companies offer, except we work for you (not the builder). We are bridge between you and the builder. Our experience and knowledge enable us to check things are going smoothly and to a high standard. We give you updates, advice, and essentially act as your knowledgeable eyes and ears during the build. The job of a Project Manager is very diverse, however at it’s core it is assisting in achieving goals and objectives within scope, time and budgetary constraints. Building work is complicated, and there are lots of moving components which require attention at specific times. Our service acts to oversee the entirely of your build, which increases efficiency, reduces the risk, the helps the project stay on-track.
Top 5 reasons Clients use our Project Management Service
It’s important you have the technical knowledge to understand what you are looking at. This comes from proper training and experience. All of our project managers have been highly trained and are very skilled at what they do. On top of this, they have well over a decades worth of experience. This is crucial for validating the quality of the work as well as determining practical ways to overcome challenges that might arise on-site.
Almost all of our clients have demanding jobs which require them to be in the office between 9 to 5 during the working week. This is exactly when the builders are on-site, and your site foreman will need to meet you at least once a week to run through various items. These decisions need to be made promptly to ensure everything stays on-track. Your dedicated project manager will visit site at least once a week and speak to your builder at various other times throughout the week, to have these conversations and ensure progress is being made according to the schedule.
Bear in mind that we are simply splitting out the products that these larger companies bundle into one. The idea is that you get a massive cost saving on the build price. Even with the project management cost on top of the build, the overall cost to you should still be 10 to 15% cheaper than the costs from the larger branded companies.
It’s a massive conflict of interest to have your project manager working for your builder. This means they are not working in your best interest, as their priorities will be to their employer. Home extensions and renovations are substantial projects, and you should feel protected throughout. Having a central communications person decreases confusion and increases efficiency. Did you know that in some countries (for example Spain), it is against regulations for the project manager and the builder to work for the same company, as it’s seen as a conflict of interest.
Let’s face it – to be a project manager you need to be somewhat of a control freak. Project Managers are always measuring, evaluating and correcting things throughout a project. Most of the time, you won’t even know it’s been done (but it has).
Do I need a Project Manager?
All of our project managers have a diverse set of technical skills and a wealth of experience, to enable them to oversee a building project. This experience and attention to site reduces the overall risk and helps the project to stay on-track. If you have the necessary experience, the next question to ask yourself is do you have the time. If you work a 9 to 5 then it will be difficult to find the time to visit site, as well as coordinate with the different tradesman and requirements.
I’ve seen one-stop-shop companies, isn’t it easier to have everything under one roof?
No – it’s actually a conflict of interest. We work for you (not the builder). This means we are 100% committed to supporting you wherever possible. Our fee is fixed, so minor variation orders do not benefit us at all, whereas one stop shop companies benefit from driving up those extra jobs.
What are your fees?
It varies depending on the type of project, but it ranges from 8% to 12% of the contract sum. Once you have agreed a final contract sum with the builder, we will issue you with a quote. Contact us if you would like a formalised quote at this time and we would be happy to provide one.
Can I speak with one of your past clients?
Absolutely. We would be happy to arrange for you to speak with a past client. Just let us know and we will make the arrangement