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  • Writer's pictureMelbourne Quantity Surveyors


Project leaders often try to cost save to make a project more profitable or to give them some flexibility if/when changes occur during the project. One way project leaders will cut costs is by choosing not to hire a quantity surveyor, however this decision can be detrimental to your project as we are expertly placed to give valuable advice on cost-saving options throughout a construction project. Whilst there is an initial expense, engaging our services will save you money in the long run. Understanding the factors that contribute to the cost of a quantity surveyor and the value we can bring will help you decide if you need a QS to assist you with your project.

The cost of a quantity surveyor in Melbourne may vary based on several factors. Some of these factors will be more or less important to you based on the project and your specific needs. Understanding these factors and how they contribute to the cost of a quantity surveyor can help ensure you get the best value for the work you need during your project.


One factor to consider is the scope of the project. If you are undertaking a large, long, and/or complicated project, it is likely that the quantity surveyor will have more to do during the project timeline. For that reason, the cost will be higher for you. Conversely, if you are undertaking a small, short, and/or simple project, the cost of the quantity surveyor will most likely be less. You can compare this to the cost of materials and labour in your project: the more you need, the more it will cost to get done.


Another consideration is what, specifically, you expect the quantity surveyor to do. If there are only a few things you need help with because they are outside your expertise, you may be able to reduce the cost of the quantity surveyor. However, if you have a long task list that will last throughout the entire project timeline, the cost of the quantity surveyor will be higher. This is often an area that can be balanced with your budgetary restrictions.


Who you hire is another factor in the cost of a quantity surveyor. An individual with decades of experience is likely to cost more than someone who is new in their position. In this case, you are paying more because of the experience that the individual brings to the project.


The concerns about cost may be a reason project leaders decide not to hire a quantity surveyor. Unfortunately, many of these project leaders find out too late that, if they had hired one, their project could have been completed on time and within their expected budget. A quantity surveyor is not just a place to save money. Instead, a QS plays a vital role in the success of your project.

A quantity surveyor has the expertise to balance the needs of the project with the costs of the project. This helps keep the project going smoothly, even when changes arise during the project timeline. In addition, allowing a quantity surveyor to take on the burden of managing the financial scope of the project frees other team members to focus on other important aspects of the project and helps keep the project running smoothly.

You may think that not engaging a quantity surveyor is a good place to save money on your project. However, by utilising the expertise of a quantity surveyor, you will not only increase the chance that your project will be successful, but you will also ensure that those involved with the project are able to focus on their own role and responsibilities without distraction.

That's a good way to work toward a successful project!

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