How to save money during construction Part 3

Before you start building

You think you know what you want your dream home to be, but do you really?   After scouring the home books, searching online, we drove around and visited as many homes as we could.  We even drove to towns 100 km away to get another perspective. If you can find a newly developed area, they may have some model homes that can give you tons of ideas.

  1. Source Your Own Materials

It can be a huge cost saving to buy your own materials. Sometimes upto 70% cheaper. However, ensure you understand all the materials and the quality expected. Don’t wait until the project has started to decide what you will and won’t be sourcing on your own. Instead, sit down with your contractor before the project starts, and go through the budget line by line. You want to make sure you know when they will need each item on site, what the measurements need to be, and what the labor costs cover, if they are putting anything together for you. In the bathroom that we added, a sink base would have cost less to buy, but the labor to put it together made it more expensive than the one our contractors sourced.

  1. Stay Organized

Unexpected hiccups can mean additional costs, so stay on top of your construction schedule. If you’re sourcing any materials yourself, have them on-site when your contractor needs them. Staying organized also means keeping up with any paperwork and staying on top of your contractor, if necessary. If your contractor is responsible for pulling permits, make sure you know what’s due and when, so you can check to see that everything is properly permitted.You can also use Manpro to …..

  1. Build During the Off Season

Like many industries, the construction business has busy and slow times each year. You can save between 4 and 5 percent by starting your project when contractors tend to be slow — right after Christmas. The cost saving might be very minimal, but it can add up throughout the construction. Not only can you save money, but you’ll get better service from your contractors during the off season. Since contractors are less busy, they have more time to meet with you, answer your questions, and go through those budgets line by line to see where you can save some cash.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!
To learn more about how ManPro can help you to save money in any construction project, feel free to Call or WhatsApp us on +254 720 712 233

How to save money during construction Part 2

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Tips on how to save money Before you start building…

Welcome to a series of blogs by the ManPro team on the construction industry in Kenya and Africa.

As we all know Construction is a risky business worldwide, more so in Kenya where trust levels and professionalism is very low. For this reason, good planning and real time project monitoring is critical. ManPro can assist you with tracking and refining your plan. Your ability to proactively manage risks and flag potential delays or budget overruns sooner than later is critical if you are to deliver quality projects faster, more efficiently and with wider margins.

1. Plan Plan Plan

The planning stage should start as early as possible. Create a master plan for your dream house and tweak it as you go along, customizing it to your specific needs. Make sure that it is possible to build the type of house you want.  Your budget and expectation will regularly change and it is important to be fluid and open to change and improvement.

2. Visit Many, Many Homes

It’s important to be as sure as possible of what you are looking for. Visit as many houses as soon as possible and start sketching ideas of what you’re looking for. Focus on looking at newer houses as they also show what is possible for contractors and masons to create.  Try to create a visualization of how you would like your house to look like. Take your time with this process as this is your dream house. You are likely to live in it for the rest of your life. 

3. Hire The Right Contractor

Before you hire a contractor make sure you ask around for referrals from their past clients and suppliers. Get an understanding of how it is building with them and working with them. Go and see a couple of their completed projects. If you can, request to walk into the houses. Talk to the tenants and understand what they like and what they don’t. Take your time with this process and be very sure of who you hire. Also understand whether they will use sub contractors and in which departments. Check the sub contractors work too and have a conversation with them to understand them too.

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4. Bid out Your Cost – Get a few quotes from different contractors

This is an easy way to save a lot of money even before you start. Asking several contractors for quotes can easily show many differences in costs and give you an understanding of different costs you haven’t considered.

Try to get at least 5 different contractors to give you quotes. There have been times where there’s even a 2 million kenya shillings difference between the highest quote and the lowest quote. Why? This is sometimes because contractors guesstimate how much they can get from you in extra profits.

Also, it’s very important for the contractor to stay within your budget. Sometimes a budget is too low and too good to be true. Ask around about that contractor and whether they are trustworthy. 

You can also use our ManPro Construction Management System to plan and build better by tracking the costs and efficiency of your construction site. 

Stay tuned for part 3 of this series!
To learn more about how ManPro can help you to save money in any construction project, feel free to Call or WhatsApp us on +254 720 712 233