Going through the process of building a team for some upcoming projects, one of the members that we’ve got ear marked is a quantity surveyor. I understand the role that this person plays, however a few questions that I have are:
What makes a good quantity surveyor? (Good from my (the investors) perspective)
What questions should one ask when interviewing a quantity surveyor?
Can anyone recommend a good quantity surveyor to speak to, specifically around the Glenroy or Ringwood/Vermont areas?
There a couple of good ones that post here regularly, Scott aka Depreciator springs to mind, haven’t used them but intend to soon. I think they work in a fairly wide area so Glenroy or Ringwood/Vermont areas? shouldn’t be a problem unless you are talking Vermont in the US [biggrin]
Just realised I didn’t answer your first 2 questions. Do a search and you will find this topic has been discussed many times. I have been there, done that, thats why I answered your third question as I did.
Much depends on the nature and size of the projects. Do you need a QS for cost planning? Bills of quantity? Managing progress payments? Tax work? If you can give me a few details of what you require, I’ll find a solution for you. If I don’t think we can help, I’ll find someone who can.
Thanks for your prompt reply (you too Just Learning).
We’ve scoped two initial projects:
1. Development of existing site w construction of 2-3 new 3 b/room townhouses in Glenroy.
2. Acquire and renovate an existing property, with ability to sub divide block and build a townhouse/unit on the second block.
Essentially where we are at the moment is putting together a team to assist us in planning out these projects and moving forward with future projects. From what I can see from your website, you appear to have a good organisation with high praises being sung by many members here.
What we’d like to look at doing is discussing our strategies with a QS (whether its yourself or someone else), such that we fully understand what strategies work best in our favour, and that we’re not guessing, rather using bought knowledge to make the best decisions moving forward.
So to answer your questions, we’re probably looking for a QS to assist us in:
Cost planning for existing and future
The truth is, we may discover that we need additional services, but that is all part of a pretty steep learning curve at the moment, one that we’re thoroughly enjoying.
At the end of the day most QS will produce a similar product. Don’t waste time agonising over which one.
I use Depreciator as to many of my clients. You wont have a complaint with him.
Thanks for that Dave. Of course, given the anonymity of forums I don’t know who you are. I’m gratified that you and your clients think we’re okay.
As you know, we specialise in Depreciation Schedules. To be honest, when the costs are available, putting them together is pretty straightforward. (And of course, when the costs are available, the ATO expect them to be used.)
I do have a solution local to you for cost planning and general shooting the QS breeze etc. He’s been crunching the numbers on some projects that size for his own interest.
Send me an e-mail and I’ll give you the details.
There is an good article on what to look for when selecting a quantity surveyor in April issue of Australian Property Investor magazine. I think it was April could have been March, it would be a good idea to check it out before investing in buying a copy at a newsagents.
[exhappy] …. I too am about to use Scott aka Depreciator for my new investment properties as he is highly talked about on this site……cant do better than to have that many recommendations I think …. so give him a go!
He is very helpful – I do know that – and yet I have yet to use his services – but I have asked him many questions and he always answers with helpful solutions. I am certainly going to use Scott shortly. Still not sure what I need from him – but hope the heck he can sort it out for me!! hehehe [blush2]