Having Your Kitchen or Bathroom Renovated? Do YOU Need A Project Manager?
If you're currently in the throes of organising renovations for your kitchen and/or bathroom, there's a good chance you've considered hiring a project manager. There are many pros and cons to this approach, so read on for a handy guide that should help you to make your decision. Have a look at these lists, and decide which one has the most points that are applicable to your specific situation.
You should consider hiring a project manager if:
- You have doubts regarding your team of contracted professionals, or the people who will be doing the work for you are an unknown quantity.
- You have a generous budget and can be flexible about how much you spend.
- Your kitchen or bathroom is highly customised or being designed and built especially for you.
- You have no experience of having your home renovated.
- You work full-time or otherwise won't often be on-site.
- You're aware that you find managing others stressful and have little to no experience of keeping an eye on other people's work.
- You're not totally certain what you want and would appreciate extra advice from someone with experience.
- Your design is one that requires structural changes, such as moving walls or altering plumbing.
- You're on an extremely tight timeframe and are able to pay to have that deadline met.
You probably don't need a project manager if:
- You know you've hired contractors you can trust--because they were recommended to you, because you've seen a large number of reviews or because you've worked with them before.
- You're on an extremely tight budget with little or no flexibility about how much you can spend.
- You're fitting a kitchen or bathroom straight out of the showroom with few changes, alterations or customisations.
- You've had renovations before and know what to expect.
- You work part-time or from home or will otherwise be on-site a great deal.
- You have experience managing others or feel confident that you can monitor your contractors' work yourself.
- You have a very clear vision for your renovation.
- You're only installing elements that fit well into the existing space.
- You can be flexible about your timescale and would rather save a little money than finish the work quickly.
Project managers can be useful, and for many people, they're an invaluable part of the renovation process. Most important of all, however, is a skilled and reliable team of remodelling contractors--so if you find the right contractors, you might discover that you don't need to worry about a project manager so much after all!