I’ve been involved in half a dozen building projects both commercial & residential over the past 6 years – primarily in Port Elizabeth.
On all of these projects I worked with a PE based QS.
On the reassurances of a friend who had recently completed a residential home in Cape St Francis with Dace Construction, I opted not to use a QS.
Fortunately any concerns I might have had were totally unfounded.
The project was completed within timeframes and with little or no variances on the initial contract price (other than my changes of course) – even with a QS on other projects I expected and paid variances.
Furthermore, the build quality far exceeded my expectations, having come off the back of the other projects. Both my architect & cabinet maker where impressed with finishes and attention to detail.
Dace Construction also added value and cost savings by offering suggestions and material changes throughout the project.
While I was not staying close to site, I managed to attend the majority of the weekly site meetings and found these to be purely a formality, encountering few if any anomalies.