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Hi all, I am about to embark on my first property renovation (yay?!?). So far I have made a few offers, and missed all of them. I have a profit margin I hope to achieve of 15% minimum. In order to hope to meet this target, I imagine it pays to have a pretty accurate idea of what a property might cost. I have made attempts to try and price jobs up based on a variety of sources, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it since I have no idea whether my estimates are too high or too low, and I don’t know even whether some of the jobs I am allowing for need doing, or whether I haven’t accounted for certain jobs that would need doing. I have started to wonder whether I should get a professional to do this side of things, allowing me an insight into how a professional would go about it. So my first question is this; should I ask a professional to do it, or would it be better to jump right in and make my own crude estimate, and learn from the mistakes I will inevitably make. (Part of what puts me off doing it myself is that I could be drastically overestimating the cost of a job and therefore not offering enough for a property). The second question: If I was to go down the route of asking a professional in to make an accurate estimate, what kind of professional should I ask? I have read in a book specifically on property renovation that you can get contractors to do it, or quantity surveyors. I don’t know who to approach basically. I look forward to reading what anyone has to say :) Charles
Dear Property Hub community, My name is Luis, I'm a Spanish Construction Engineer that has lived half of his life already here in the UK. I'm passionate about property investment, for now I've done mainly buy to lets and a couple flips. I'm MCIOB, so charted construction manager and I've got my own small design and build company in partnership with an architect and a Surveyor. I'm also working my way into becoming a residential valuer through RICS. almost there, but not just yet! I would be very happy to help anyone interested in investing in property so I can learn about what kind of projects other people do so please do not hesitate to contact me if you've got any worries or queries regarding current or future projects, building works on the go, issues with a fellow builder (we can be a handful sometimes but with patience and beer you might get a smile!) or any others that you think I might be able to help with. I specially love looking at projects to be, feasibility studies to explore the potential of a deal. I'm happy to give rough estimates free of charge and also my opinion as a construction professional on how easy - challenging the idea you've got in mind can be. Bests, Luis