How to self-manage your house extension

architect teamIf you’re considering building an extension onto your house – congratulations, you’ll soon have a great new space to enjoy, whatever you decide to use it for!  For many people, sticking to a tight budget is key for their house extension project, and to this end you may decide to self-manage your project.  Managing your house extension project by yourself can save you a lot of money, and help to keep costs down, but there are a few things you need to bear in mind before taking on this task!


You need to be good at multi-tasking if you’re planning to self-manage your house extension project; there’s no two ways about it.  Not only will you have to juggle your budget and conflicting time schedules, you’ll need to manage contractors, organise paperwork and order materials.  Sometimes, you’ll need to do all of these things practically simultaneously!  It’s essential that you’re capable of working in an organised, methodical manner to have the best possible chances of your project running smoothly.  To assist you with the smooth running of your project, you’ll find that project management tools and cost estimator software can help you budget and stay on track – although these are often fairly expensive.

Organisation is key

Without organisation, your home extension project is doomed to fail.  You need to ensure that cash is available and materials are delivered on time; otherwise your builders could be left with nothing to do.  This means wasting time and money, and your project is sure to run over budget, despite you saving money by taking on the role of project manager yourself!  Take some time out at the end or start of the week to update your notes of software, and make sure that everything is running according to plan.

Cost savvy

Keeping costs down is key to the success of any project, but it’s even more important when it’s your own money that you are spending.  You should always spend time getting three quotes for all your materials – successful project management starts with getting the lowest possible price from a reliable supplier.  If you’re managing a project for the first time, try using just one supplier for all your materials, as this makes it easier to keep track of what you’re spending.

Break it down

By breaking your build down into manageable stages and creating checkpoints and ‘to-do’ lists for each stage, you can tick things off as you go, ensuring that the project stays on time and within budget.  This is a great way to keep your project moving and can help contractors to be aware of specific goals and time frames for the project.

Get it in writing

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of managing your own house extension is to get everything in writing.  Quotes from suppliers, prices and specifications for building materials, delivery dates and contractor agreements – you should ensure you have them all in writing so there is no quibble!

Lastly, you should be sensitive if problems occur – be respectful of your tradesmen and suppliers and form good working relationships to ensure that your project doesn’t hit any hurdles. By bearing the above tips in mind, self-managing your house extension project is sure to be a breeze!

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