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Construction Managers - Will You
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
During the building process of a new custom home, the
homeowner is responsible for important decisions. Where and how
money gets disbursed is an issue that will play an important factor
when deciding on design elements and who will be responsible for
constructing them. At this point in your building process, it is
often recommended to acquire a contracting manager who will achieve
a homeowner's goals for schedule, cost and quality.
Construction managers are responsible for directing and
planning construction projects. They generally do not play a role in
the actual construction of the home or building, but they do oversee
the process by scheduling and coordinating all design and
construction. Specific tasks include assisting in the design, hiring
subcontractors, managing paperwork, purchasing materials, acquiring
proper permits, and hire/supervise specialty trade contractors.
Through education and past work experience, a construction manager
can successfully guide your project from the conceptual development
stage through final construction.
A construction manager typically gets paid a fixed fee so
their motivation is to work with the homeowner and possible
architect to provide a quality, cost effective home. The
construction manager's fees typically should not increase the
overall project construction costs. This is true mainly because the
construction manager's input helps reduce claims, minimize change
orders and control the schedule, resulting in a smooth running
project with effective cost and schedule control.