Hiring a home renovation project manager sometimes becomes a necessity for keeping the workflow of your home improvement project in line — on time and on budget, among other things. There’s a lot more responsibility involved than you’d imagine.

Just know that with a home renovation project manager in the picture, your home remodeling will come out on top and you will end up saving money in the process.

The truth is, a successful home renovation won’t be possible without proper renovation project management. More so because this particular project is closely attached to your life and hopes for the perfect home. There’s no doubt that you’ll be emotionally bound to the project and hence might take hasty decisions that you may regret later on. Using project management tactics reduces the likelihood of emotional mistakes. 

So, how should you go about getting the best possible home renovation project manager? Well, before you do that, give this article a read to set all your doubts to rest.

Read more: How to Stay On Top of A Renovation Project, Even When You’re Not On-Site

Does every project need a project manager? 

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Generally, for projects such as extensions, loft conversions, and internal alterations, you may just require the main contractor to work and coordinate the remodeling process. However, having a home renovation project manager on board might suit you more if you have limited time or knowledge, and want to leave the job to professionals who do it best.

Some project managers also provide construction services whereby they oversee the work in place of a general contractor. In addition, they are responsible for the construction schedule as well as managing the remodeling budget and cash flow. In most cases, they also help you find and manage subcontractors apart from supplying materials and tools.

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What does a home renovation project manager do?

A home renovation project manager can help you analyze your living space and design. Simply put, they schedule the project from design to completion — helping you with building permits and soliciting vendors.

A home renovation project manager helps you:

  • Stay within a specific budget.
  • Complete the renovation project within an arranged timeframe.
  • Ensures the best possible quality of building materials.

Home renovation project manager vs. general contractor

A project manager helps schedule subcontractors and orders construction materials. Although they manage the entire project, they usually don’t have their own subcontractors working the job the way general contractors do. That way, they don’t have a financial interest or a commission in mind while influencing the homeowner’s decisions. 

Furthermore, they pitch ideas, give suggestions, and offer advice while working directly with you during the project. In that sense, a home remodeling project manager is more like a life coach.

A general contractor, on the other hand, is more like a personal assistant who takes inputs from you and handles all the minutiae of your home improvement project. 

Having said the above, both professionals come with residential construction experience and work with you through the project — from start to finish. 

What skills do construction project managers need?

Since the project managers are qualified to handle everything from scheduling to actual building, they have extensive experience in custom home building and renovation work.

Here are five additional skills that a renovation or construction project manager must have:

  • Ability to communicate clearly.
  • Eagerness to have honest, open communication.
  • Ability to provide risk control through risk management.
  • In line with the latest technology.
  • Good at price negotiations.
  • Great at team management.

How to work with your home renovation project manager?

Your home renovation project manager is your primary point of contact — between you and the design team as well as the whole project team during the entire construction process. They are present on-site to ensure that your project moves forward according to plan, and to solve any problem that arises along the way. 

You should meet with your project manager once a week to review progress and keep yourself abreast with the happenings of the project. A good manager will answer all the questions you have and address any changes you might want to make. 

Remember that regular meetings and open lines of contact are key to good communication and working relationship. 

How much will it cost to hire a home renovation project manager?

Needless to say, the convenience that a project manager offers comes with a price. When it comes to remuneration, a manager may charge a percentage of the total project cost (3 to 25 percent) or work for a flat fee or charge an hourly rate.

The total fees may depend on the kind of additional services offered and the scope of work. For example, if your project manager also plays the role of a general contractor while organizing the construction phase, the fees will be higher.

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Last words

So, if thinking about renovating your kitchen, changing your bathroom design, replacing a roof, converting an attic for a home office, or planning a home addition for a master suite or family room, a home renovation project manager will be of great help. 

They will ensure that your home remodeling project is completed well — on time, with the highest level of quality, and to your expectations. 

So, you as a homeowner can rest easy — knowing that the project manager is keeping your best interests and budget in mind. Trust us, hiring such a professional will save you time and money!

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Do’s and Dont’s of Home Renovation Project Management was last modified: December 13th, 2020 by Raf Howery
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Tim Yaotome
Tim Yaotome

Thanks for the three main points of managing home renovation: staying in budget, staying within a timeframe, and ensure the best quality. Speaking of quality, one way to achieve that is by getting remodeling materials that are of high quality too. Doing so will not only improve the value of one’s home but also extend its life as well.

Yoshiko Flora
Yoshiko Flora

I find it awesome that you mentioned that one should stick to one’s timeline no matter what for a home renovation project in order to avoid wasting time and money on it. Speaking of renovations, my mother wants to renovate her bedroom since she feels colder even if the heater is on. She says she wants a decorative door for it, so I will find one immediately for her so that her renovation will finish before winter sets in and help her sleep better at the same time.

Joy Butler
Joy Butler

I have been wanting to remodel my home. I think it’s so important to make sure you avoid those price changes by keeping in touch with your professionals. I will have to be mindful of that as I start to remodel my place.

Derek Dewitt
Derek Dewitt

I want to renovate my home this spring so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about choosing contractor that are certified so you can expect high quality work. I’ll be sure to ask about their training and experience so I can get the results I want.

aslam and sons construction Inc.
aslam and sons construction Inc.

This first thing that comes to mind during all home improvement work is the cost. Home improvement can be very costly, especially in a city that is famous for its high prices. It goes without saying that you usually get what you pay for. But i get useful idea from here.Thanks

Larry Weaver
Larry Weaver

Thanks for the advice to stick with a specific budget and timeframe when renovating a home. The bathrooms in my home are falling apart with cracks spreading everywhere. My house is pretty old, so I’ll start building a budget and decide on a time when it would be best to hire a renovation service to help me fix up my home’s bathrooms.

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

Thanks for telling me that task lists are my friends when it comes to home remodeling. I think that time is indeed money so I’ll make sure to hire one that can do the remodel quickly. I’ll try to ask for referrals as much as possible so that I can find a reputable contractor to work with.

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

You’re right about saying that home renovations are successful with proper management. I think I’ll hire a home renovation contractor that has a quote that fits my budget. Time is money, so I’ll have to hire someone as soon as possible.

Bob
Bob

I love your project tips. I bet it would be important to have everything on a schedule. That way the project can get finished in a timely manner.

aannagloria220
aannagloria220

Good work! Your given renovation ideas are very good. It seems so helpful. After reading your blog my ideas got clear. Great job!

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

You’re right about saying that I have to stay within a specific budget in order to manage my home renovation properly. I suppose I should hire a home renovation service to ensure the best quality possible for this. This way, I’ll be able to save time.

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KPCL Architecture

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KPCL Architecture

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Daphne Gilpin
Daphne Gilpin

Thanks for the tip to see examples of each contractor’s work firsthand. My husband and I need to find a home remodeling service to use. Following your tips should help us identify a good remodeling contractor!

Randy Chorvack
Randy Chorvack

It’s really smart to have an amount of time allotted to each task on your list so that you can plan accordingly. I’m redoing my entire kitchen right now and I admit I’m a little overwhelmed. I bet making a task list like you suggested will help a lot.

Kate Welling
Kate Welling

I like how you mentioned that quality is on the professional. I want to remodel my kitchen. I’ll look for a remodelling contractor near me to help with the quality of the remodel.

Eli Richardson
Eli Richardson

I agree that one should stick to a specific budget and timeframe when renovating a home. My wife’s cousin has been thinking of performing some renovation to his property. We will notify him about this os he can hire a remodeling contractor for help.

Mark Burrows
Mark Burrows

Home renovation is a challenging endeavour, which one can never complete without proper management. The above write-up specifies certain tips that assure optimal outcome under all circumstances. The author exerted utmost effort to describe each point in a comprehensible manner. Please check it out right now, and enhance the insides of your house seamlessly.

Shad L. Boyett
Shad L. Boyett

The information provided in this article is really valuable for people one should stick to one’s timeline no matter what for a home renovation project in order to avoid wasting time and money on it. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.