Should you project manage your own renovation?

Kiwis love to renovate, it’s in our DNA. But what happens when you have big plans for your home and you’re not quite sure how you are going to manage it?

That’s where a project manager can come in, provided it’s the right fit for you and the job.

One of the main draw cards for managing a renovation project yourself as the homeowner is being able to keep costs down. But all too often projects can end up going over budget when tradies and supplies are not planned properly and problems arise. If saving money is important to you, then ensure you have plenty of time on your hands to be able to be fully across the entire project and timelines you need to meet. It’s important to be contactable should your tradies need to run something by you - and these calls need to be welcomed if any unexpected issues crop up.

If you’re time poor and don’t want to be fielding calls throughout the job, you’re likely going to want to seek the assistance of a project manager, who can ensure important processes and deadlines are met. For example, ensuring the flooring is installed before the kitchen installers come to sort the kitchen. It takes the guesswork out of managing your tradies. They’ll manage council inspectors, trades and sort problems as they arise. With a project manager, you may have an issue arise but be provided with solutions on how to sort it straight away.

Whether you decide to tackle project management yourself, or decide to pay someone to do it, it’s imperative you have one person who is completely across every detail. With a lack of management you may encounter problems and delays due to poor process management. By having a project manager, you can ensure your dream gets turned into a reality. 

As the homeowner, it comes down to what’s more important for your renovation; savings costs or guaranteeing a smooth and successful project.

When you work with Ninety45, all communication and subcontractor management is taken care of. We’ll look after everything, from brief to execution.

If you have a renovation project but you don’t know where to start, get in touch! We’d love to work with you.

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