why you need a quantity surveyor
A.W Hooker says a quantity surveyor is a professional who specialises in understanding, analyzing, and reporting
on the costs associated with construction projects. Also known as construction economists, project managers
and cost engineers, quantity surveyors are more known for their work in large-scale commercial projects.
In these projects, their main role is to oversee the costs involved in a construction project — or, to put it succinctly,
to ensure that the property owner gets the best value out of his investment.In order to provide relevant strategic advice,
the quantity surveyor must be part estimator, part designer, part engineer, part contractor, and part mediator.
A quantity surveyor takes every issue concerning cost, project schedule, and budget into consideration when estimating,
planning, and reporting cost data.
Quantity Surveyors deliver their services with three key objectives in mind:
*To achieve the best value for each amount spent
*To keep expenditures within the amount allocated for each of the various elements of the project
*To achieve a balanced expenditure between the various elements of the project
How they deliver their services:
Ampire says, “quantity surveyors compare the project with the others they have done to ensure accuracy on the
He says they also plan costs to help the design team stay within the project budget using practical solutions that
could help keep the budget minimal because they have skills of value engineering and for this reason,
“If you are to hire a quantity surveyor, you will have to include him in the whole construction process for
When construction begins, Ampire says the quantity surveyor keeps costs on track and they provide the project owner
with cash flow data so that the client can know and provide the amount of money needed for each stage.
“There are times when a client runs out of finances and cannot finish the construction and the only way out is to
get a loan from a bank to complete his construction. This is the time you will need the quantity surveyor most because
you will have to provide the bank with the project report and it’s here that he will help the client in preparing and
writing certificates for the money to be given by the bank,” Ampire explains.
After construction, Ampire says the quantity surveyor then adds up the total cost incurred throughout the whole process
and provides a final account, which shows the actual costs for all the sections of the job done.
“Therefore anyone who excludes a quantity surveyor from the construction process leaves the biggest pillar behind.
The outcome would be mismanagement of finances and over spending throughout the whole process,” Ampire notes.
Quantity surveyor duties typically include:
*Conducting feasibility studies to estimate materials, time and labour costs
*Preparing, negotiating and analysing costs for tenders and contracts
*Coordination of work effort
*Advising on a range of legal and contractual issues
*Valuing completed work and arranging for payments
What is the advantage of using a quantity surveyor?
Using an experienced and skilled quantity surveyor will not only allow you to have an accurate projection
of the costs involved in a construction project, but also allow you to have an effective cost strategist
on your team to help lower costs with ideas, options, and experienced advice.
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