Why do I need a Quantity Surveyor ?
This is a specialist area, which is far more complex than often appreciated. A Quantity Surveyor will be highly methodical and logical and be able to identify and cost all resources required on a project from initial sketch ideas through to refining the cost forecast as more detailed drawings evolve. This is essential to establish an accurate and realistic budget at all stages of the design.
The Quantity Surveyor will then monitor actual costs as the works proceed to continually report that the project is on budget, or to advise that the costs are varying from budget and will recommend alternative courses of action.
Additionally, the Quantity Surveyor will Prepare or agree the Contract Documents, Valuations, Change Instructions and Final Account.
For an Employer or Bank, a Quantity Surveyor will produce Feasibility Studies, Budget Costings, Tender Documentation and manage the cost process from Invitations to Tender and receipt of Tenders right through to the End of the Defects Period with all that this entails.
For a Contractor a Quantity Surveyor will Prepare the Tender, Negotiate the Contract Sum and Form of Contract and manage the entire cost process from Valuations and Change Instructions right through to the Final Account.
Not appointing a Quantity Surveyor on a small straightforward project may appear low risk, but on larger, intricate, refurbishment or adaptation high risk projects, the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor is not only wise, but ultimately cost effective.
RBC can act for Employers, Banks, Main or Sub Contractors in all of these roles, but under professional rules of conduct, for only one party on any individual project.
Remember, we make no charge for a initial consultation.