The Benefits Of Construction Site Visits
Construction site visits may sound straightforward, but it’s an important part of the construction process. While works are underway, dedicated personnel will visit the site to assess progress and determine which works have been completed, which are ongoing, and which have yet to commence.
- Ensures that the project is running to the agreed schedule
- Makes sure interim targets are being hit
- Variations orders can be discussed and implemented
Why Carry Out Site Audits?
Whilst the vast majority of potential issues will have been dealt with contractually, and at pre-start meetings, there can sometimes be surprises during the construction process itself.
When extra works need to be undertaken or if variations are required, these costs will need to be contracted and monitored, in accordance with any existing contracts which are in place.
Why Use A Consultant For Your Site Visit?
By using experienced construction consultants to carry out construction site visits, you can ensure that the project is being professionally assessed in its entirety.
Provides accurate data and useful information.
Ensures impartiality and can reduce the risk of disputes between parties.
Makes sure that the right questions are being asked.
Stay In The Loop With A Valuation
Throughout the course of the project, various valuations may need to be undertaken. An interim valuation assesses the level of works completed and can lead to interim payment resolution. Carried out by a quantity surveyor, interim valuations are usually scheduled within your original contract, although they can also be arranged on an ad hoc basis.
Why Assess Valuations?
As most contractors will be relying on interim payments as their main or only source of income while works are underway, it’s vital that an interim valuation and site visits are carried out at appropriate intervals.
- Shows how much of the overall project has been completed
- Highlights any potential variation orders that are expected
- They can alter the schedule and nature of the project quite considerably
- Make a significant impact on the value of the works completed
What Are Valuations & Site Visits Used For?
For contractors and building firms, having an accurate interim valuation and statement is the only way to show how much of the overall project has been completed. Without this, an interim application for payment can’t be made. With the information gained from a valuation and site visits, all contractual parties can ensure that the project is progressing appropriately and that completed works can be invoiced for, in accordance with the terms of the original contract.
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