How to Manage a Home Construction Project

After the local authority approves your architectural design, the next step is to start construction work.

Careful selection of your building contractor is crucial. Invite multiple reputable construction contractors to bid on the blank bills of quantities and provide a specific return date for the bids.

With the help of your architect, analyze the quotes in terms of execution of previous similar works, term to complete the contract and price.

Construction contracts are available from the offices of the Kenya Architects Association, Professional Centre, Nairobi. There is a provision for a performance bond to bind the contractor to carry out the works as specified and within a specified period, in case of non-compliance he will lose a specified period. amount of money, usually 5% of the contract sum.

Once the builder finalizes the contract, the architect inspects the works and, if satisfied, issues a Certificate of Practical Completion to certify that the works are virtually complete and the owner can move into the house. This document allows the construction contractor to retrieve his performance bond from the bank.

The construction contract also specifies the amount to be withheld from each payment, usually 10% of the contract amount. Once the contractor finalizes the contract, he is paid half of the retained amount and the other half is paid after 6 months; this period is known as the defects liability period. This retention will be used to correct the damage that occurs after 6 months from the taking of possession of the home. If the defects occur after 6 months from the possession of the house, the repair costs must be borne by the owner of the house.

After the 6-month defect liability period, your architect checks to see if all defects have been corrected, such as leaky roofs, doors that don’t close properly, etc. If you are satisfied, you issue the contractor a final certificate so that the remaining 10% of the amount withheld can now be paid.

The architect also inspects construction sites on a regular basis, usually every two weeks, and holds an on-site meeting with the client, contractor, and other consultants such as quantity surveyor, interior designer, structural engineer, electrical engineer and mechanical engineer: construction services.

These on-site meetings and inspections help track the progress of construction work from start to completion and are useful tools used to diagnose problems, find solutions, and resolve disputes within the contract period.

If you are planning to build a house in Kenya, Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, this article will be very helpful in giving you an idea of ​​how to manage your project effectively.

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