Step 4: Calculate Building Costs

Once the design stage of the contract is complete you will need to determine an accurate building cost for this reason a Quantity Surveyor is required.

Appoint a Quantity Surveyor / Cost Engineer

Some might not know what a Quantity Surveyor/Cost Engineer is or what function they perform so I am going to attempt to explain. A QS is that person who can most accurately determine the total cost of constructing your home. See Wikipedia’s definition of a Quantity Surveyor. In a nut shell he will look after your financial interests in all aspects of the construction project.

  • He is the come to guy when deciding on and managing your professional team. The QS ideally tenders out aspects of the project to general contractors, plumbers, air-conditioning, landscaping contractors, etc with the purpose of getting the best contractor at the most competitive price.
  • You will require his services throughout the project so that you don’t open yourself up to too much risk or over pay your suppliers and contractors.
  • Ideally your QS will help ensure the project is kept within your budget.
  • Will help with dealings with your bank and that fair loan payments are paid to you from your bank.
  • Most importantly a QS would ideally find savings, without comprising quality, for his client. No price can be allocated for this service.
Please refer to Pricing to get an idea of Cost Engineer services.
Cost Per Square Meter Calculator
Width (meters):
Height (meters):
Total Cost:
Flooring Cost Calculator
Cost per square foot:
Size of area (in square feet):

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