Construction – Just How Expensive is It?
Before a construction firm will take on a project, a lot of time will be invested into the cost and budget of the work. This is because many projects can very easily go over-budget if contractors/suppliers are brought into the equation as well as other environmental factors that can affect budget along the way.
If you are in the process of hiring a construction company, it is very important that you relay your budget from the beginning. A professional and experienced company will sit you down and talk you through their process and how they plan to work to your budget and whether what you want is actually feasible.
You may find that some construction companies work differently to others, with some charging per square foot, for example. These types of costing models are average costs per square foot that may need to be adapted slightly as the build changes; however, what it does do is allow for expectations to be agreed from the word ‘go’ and for the project to head in the right direction and for budget to remain as close to target as possible.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this costing model may see the budgeted cost adapt slightly:
As a building is being put together, it may be the case that some areas are more expensive per square foot than another. These features could include, plumbing, insulation, additional support, hardware etc. On top of this, it may be the case that a subcontractor needs to be brought in to build upon a specific square foot of the site, for example, plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, insulators, drywallers, tillers. These spaces will see the cost increase; however, there will be other areas of the site that will be under the average cost per square foot, which will hopefully weigh everything out, eventually under budget.
Keeping design consistent
If the construction project is only on a certain part of a larger site, it is important for the design of the newly built area to stay consistent with the rest of the site.
These changes include doors, windows, surfaces, cabinets, fixtures and fittings. The layout of the site also has to be considered, such as the relationship of the rooms to each other, the design of the rooms and the materials used.
It basically needs to look like it was always there and not an additional part to the building as this will stand out like a sore thumb.
This consistency may see the cost increase if specific materials, designs and layouts are required to match the layout of the original building(s).
Fixtures and fittings
You may think that your construction company came in like a thunderstorm when it comes to the fixtures and fittings of the building. Obviously, part of their job is to keep to budget but at the same time it’s equally as important for them to do a good job as it may end up that you end up paying more in the long run if you try to cut corners on budget.
Often, it tends to be the case that things such as plumbing, electricity etc. cause the costs to increase as you may have to work around the current building site and what has been previously built and placed there in the past.
Your construction company may have to work around these obstacles or adhere to the rules to ensure that they comply with building regulations.
Whatever your budget and project requirements, make sure that you choose a company that you can work with and can co-operate with and make sure that the requirements are set at the beginning of the project so that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet so that cost is kept as close to budget as possible.
This article was provided by Safety Wear World. Safety Wear World has written numerous articles on home improvement, DIY and health and safety in the workplace.