TOP 9 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE QUANTITY SURVEYOR IN AUSTRALIA
The role of a quantity surveyor is to undertake comprehensive measurements and cost estimates for building and construction projects in Australia. We carefully consider architectural and engineering plans, timelines, budgets, applicable regulations, building standards, the client’s preferences, tender and proposal responses, industry best practice and much more. We help guide our clients with leading estimating, designing, engineering, construction, contractual, project, negotiation and dispute resolution advice.
At Melbourne Quantity Surveyors (MQS) we are dedicated to providing our clients with measurable results. We are committed to assisting our clients better understand the options available to them, as well as the associated cost implications before, during and after construction, providing a level of confidence and security that ensures project stability while maximising value.
SHOULD YOU HIRE A QUANTITY SURVEYOR?
Here are our top 9 reasons why you should hire a qualified, professional and experienced quantity surveyor in Australia.
1. EXPERT MEASUREMENT AND COST ESTIMATIONS
As you embark on your building or construction project, it is important to undertake accurate measurements and cost estimations. This is to ensure you comply with applicable regulations and standards, do not overspend, and can appropriately complete your project within budget (should you have any financing obligations that you need to consider). Our measurements and estimations can be used to complete a Bill of Quantities which is generally given to builders and trades who are tendering to provide the services to you. Usually, the tenderer will also have their own quantity surveyor estimate the cost and type of materials and we can help you negotiate directly with the tenderer should there be any discrepancies.
2. SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT
A building or construction project can be complicated if you are left to do all necessary due diligence, research, paperwork, estimating and more. To help take the estimation and costing exercise of your list of things to do, a qualified and experienced quantity surveyor can provide you with the advice and assurance you need. Estimating and costing requires knowledge of the building and construction industry, regulations and standards and experience in the field. We will help you identify all materials required, the estimated labour hours involved and check to ensure the architectural and engineering plans are correct. We do not want you to be misled when you commence your project so we provide all necessary guidance as required.
3. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
A quantity surveyor is an essential part of successful project teams. Even if a quantity surveyor is not required for the project, he or she can help ensure that the project is completed according to the desired timeline and within the expected budget, even when changes come up throughout the project. Since a quantity surveyor helps the team to be more successful, any project team would be better off with the help of a quantity surveyor. To help free up your time and your building supervisor’s time, it is crucial that you engage a quantity surveyor to help manage the paperwork. We are qualified and experienced in helping with planning, regulatory approvals, environmental concerns, budgeting, contract management, stakeholder management, dispute resolution and more. For an end-to-end project management solution, we will recommend areas where we can assist so you can focus on other tasks you have to complete.
4. COST MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING
We understand that a successful project relies on effective cost management and careful budgeting. Building or construction projects can be costly and there can be additional costs if the project has not been planned correctly. When you come to us with your plans and explain what you have done to date, we will identify any gaps which we recommend you should investigate. We will undertake a comprehensive analysis of your project, so we know how to manage the costs throughout the project’s life. We will compare progress claims against budget and ensure that any variations are properly accounted for. We understand the importance of timely communications to ensure all parties mutually understand next steps.
5. CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Throughout the life of the project, you may come across variations, defective works, unforeseen issues, planning and environmental concerns, delays, overruns and more. To help you mitigate these risks, it is important to have a well-drafted contract that protects your interests in these instances and more. We recommend experts in the building and construction field and advise you seek specific financial, taxation, legal and insurance advice. Following the preparation of a well-drafted contract, we can help manage your contractual rights and obligations. Should an issue arise, we will consult the contract and we can also consult your advisers (with your permission). Contract management requires diligence and patience, and our consultants are equipped with the skills and know-how to effectively manage your requirements.
6. EXTRA SET OF EYES
We have heard many stories involving owners and developers being subject to the malpractices of builders and trades. As professional quantity surveyors, we provide you with an extra set of eyes and hands to help keep your project moving. We will identify things that you have missed, call out people when they over-promise, scrutinise quotations and proposals, evaluate concerns and seek resolutions. We strive to make your project a positive experience and will complement your skills and experience with our vast array of knowledge and tools.
7. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Disputes are likely to occur during the life of a project. However, if the project is well-managed with effective communication and clearly expressed expectations, there should be minimal room for error. In the event a dispute does arise, we are capable in negotiating and mediating parties’ concerns. We seek a win-win resolution for all stakeholders involved and will use our skills, experience and industry know-how to enhance your bargaining position.
8. FINAL ACCOUNTS PREPARATION
As you near the completion of your project, it is important that you carefully prepare the final accounts. Relying on the final or closing invoices from your builders and trades is risky as they might include additional costs. We will carefully assess the completed project on site, conduct measurements, sample test materials used and check invoices from contractors and all sub-contractors to ensure the final accounts are fair. We will also factor in any variations, defective works, non-completions and other differences in our assessment.
9. POST-COMPLETION SERVICES
We can help you with the following post-completion services: A) Feasibility assessments: After you have completed your project, we can help assess the feasibility of how you are going to use the property. B) Depreciation schedules: Over time, the fixtures and fittings in your newly constructed property will depreciate. To take advantage of taxation savings and other benefits, it is important to have a carefully prepared and accurate depreciation schedule. C) Valuation for insurance purposes: We can help you value the newly constructed or built property for insurance cover purposes. We can also help you value any damaged should an insurable event occur. The team at MQS specialise in understanding, analysing and reporting on measurements and costs associated with building and construction projects. We offer end-to-end solutions to help take care of all quantity and cost related matters. In addition, we provide cost planning, contract management, project management, negotiation, dispute resolution, site attendance and advisory and assurance services. Our qualified quantity surveyors understand building and construction regulations and standards and have the experience and know-how to successfully support you throughout your project.