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An explanation of the project management process & the advice, explanations, links, and information sources contained in the DIYManager website

Project Management

Project management involves procedures and methods to bring about the completion of a project. It involves a lot of planning and organisation and focuses on 3 key issues: quality, cost, and time. A successful project will deliver a quality product or service within budget and in the agreed timescales.

Project management generally consists of a number of fundamentals, about four to five stages and a control system. The major stages usually incorporate:

  • Initiation - determining the nature and scope of your project. What are you aiming to achieve? Are you looking to expand or ad value to your home with an extension or loft conversion? Are you looking at a new build?
  • Planning- quantifying the amount of time and the size of the budget for a project. The output of the project planning process is a project plan that a project manager can use to track the team's progress.
  • Execution - coordinating people and resources to successfully carry out the plan. In the case of a building project this is the professionals and contractors you will employ to carry out the work.
  • Monitoring and controlling - provides an understanding of and communicates the project’s progress, thus identifying when the project’s performance deviates significantly from the plan so that appropriate corrective actions and preventive actions are taken.
  • Closing - Once the final product has undergone a rigorous testing phase, making sure any emergent problems and issues have been dealt with, it is time to formally end the project as all required targets have been achieved

The DIYManager website touches on all areas of the project management process with the main emphasis on the initiation and planning stages. We want to provide you with the ‘know how’ before you enter into a project. The ‘Project Management’ section provides you with advice, explanations, links, and information sources in the following areas:

  • Building Regulations - Planning Approval, Building Control, Party Wall Act, Electrical and Plumbing Regulations
  • Environmental Impact - Our Green DIY section provides you with information on national building standards, sustainable living, trusts, certifications, organisations, grants, and further sources of green education
  • Design - Providing you with a list of interior and exterior design companies and design standards organisations. Whether you are looking for inspiration, ideas or the right design company for your needs the list of designer companies is a great starting point.
  • Pricing – We provide you with a pricing tool and indicative costs in our ‘Pricing’ pages for you to start calculating the cost of your project. You can use this as an initial estimation and something to compare against estimates or quotations from those tendering for the work.
  • Raising Finance – What you will need to provide the bank or building society
  • Timing – The stages of the build & stage payments you will make to your contractor(s)
  • Professionals & Contractors – A look at the professional services you may need to employ for your project and the drawings they will produce. It also provides advice on how to source good contractors, and the responsibility of sub-contractors.
  • Tendering, Quotes & Estimates – Producing a brief for a designer or contractor, the documents required for the tendering process, and an explanation of quotation vs estimation.
  • Contracts – The ins and outs of building contracts, and where they can be sourced
  • Insurance & Warranties – An explanation of the following policies and who needs to have them: Employers Liability Insurance, Public Liability, and Contract Works Insurance
  • Safety & Security – The health and safety responsibilities of you and your contractors on site and some helpful tips on site security
  • Payments – A look at the payments you make to a contractor including the final payment you will make on completion and agreeing the cost of extras outside of your initial spec.
  • Management of Works – An overview of the day to day management on a site, including: supervision, weather conditions, ownership of material, programme & progress, meetings, notice & completion, extension time and cash-flow forecasting


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