Category: Before construction

Categories: Before construction

There are many tried and tested ways to finance the construction of your dream home. One of the most important factors to consider is the total cost of construction of the project, MyBoma Ltd provides the estimated cost of construction for all the building plans, these can be used as a guide. Choose a design that you love, but also one that is feasible, depending on your capability.

Some areas to source financing for your building project include:

  1. Savings

  2. Liquidating assets

  3. Commercial loans

  4. Construction loans

 

 

Categories: Before construction

A building contractor is an individual or company that is responsible for carrying out the entire construction process, and they determine the best methods to finish the project as specified.

The main contractor may not be skilled in carrying out all the works stipulated, and the client may have to engage other subcontractors, e.g. Plumbing subcontractor, Electrical subcontractor, Security and IT subcontractor etc.

Below are 7 points to consider before engaging a building contractor:

 

1. Referrals 

Ensure that you have credible referrals for the proposed contractor. Visit projects that he/she has worked on to ascertain quality of work and have conversations with previous clients about his/her performance. 

 

2. Price 

It is prudent to get a few quotes from two or three prospective contractors and to compare prices. Prospective contractors can fill out their rates on the blank Bill of Quantities provided by MyBoma Ltd, and the client can use this as a basis to make a price comparison. Be careful not to settle to quickly when one quote is much lower than the others, as some contractors are known to do this with an aim of cutting corners later on during construction, to make up for this.

 

3. Experience

It is wise to hire a building contractor who has experience building a similar house to your proposed development, in terms of the scale of the project (Physically and financially) and also design-wise.  

 

4. Financial Reliability

Engage with a building contractor who has the financial capacity (current), to carry out the project. He/she will need to have a cash reserve adequate to carry out an agreed-upon portion of work before being reimbursed/paid for it. It can take a toll on the developer, to engage with a builder who is unable to meet timelines and quality, due to financial constraints. 

 

5. Contract & Payment Schedule

Before beginning any works on site, ensure that you have signed a contract (legally binding document) with the proposed building contractor. This is essential to protect your rights and those of the contractor. There are standard forms of contracts that have been prepared by different governing authorities e.g. JBC in Kenya. 

A payment schedule must be agreed upon, and tied to completion of specific project milestones. Our Bills of Quantities have broken down the projects to different stages, and this can help guide our MyBoma clients on structuring their cash flows during construction.

Be wary of paying a significant amount of money upfront.

 

6. Customer Service & Compatibility

Building your own house is a highly demanding process – mentally, emotionally and physically.

Choose a contractor with whom you are compatible, and who has a track record of having good interpersonal skills – to make the project carry on without unnecessary conflict.  You will need a person who is cooperative and flexible.

 

7.  Certification check

Ensure that the building contractor you choose has all the necessary registration and insurances needed by the county governments to carry out the works. In most countries, a contractor has to be registered by the regulatory authorities

Categories: Before construction

Depending on the area one is intending to build, it is important to find out from the local municipal county if there are any statutory approvals that must be granted before construction begins

In most urban and peri-urban areas, you must secure construction approval from the county offices in order to build. To get construction approval, a registered architect and a registered professional structural engineer must submit their proposed drawings (and calculations) to the council planning board. The board then reviews the information provided and may either respond by giving comments, (which the architect and engineer must attend to), or grant approval by issuing a construction permit to the developer. In some areas, this process is done online. 

MyBoma recommends that you visit your local county offices to find out more about what is required in your area.

Categories: Before construction

 

1. Architects 

An architect is the principal designer in a building project. His role is to advise prospective builders, understand their needs, and design a building to suit. He then prepares drawings showing the general layout of the home. MyBoma works in consultation with a team of well qualified and skilled architects to deliver to our clients the best designs.

An architect also carries out periodic supervisions and inspections of the building projects, to ensure that the works are being carried out in accordance with the design. MyBoma T&Cs recommend that our clients engage the services of an architect within the locality of their construction projects, to aid them to get council submission (Refer to item on Council Submission) and also supervise the projects on site. (This will not be too steep a cost, and is usually paid per visit on site.  MyBoma team can recommend different architectural practices to our clients)

 

2. Structural & Civil Engineers 

These are one of the most important consultants on any project. Their role is to determine the estimated loads that a building will carry – then analyze and design the proposed building to carry that load and to withstand the external forces (E.g. wind, tremors) to prevent collapse. Based on their calculations and designs, the structural engineer prepares structural drawings for the project – showing how much concrete, steel etc. will be used. MyBoma works in consultation with a team of well qualified and skilled Structural engineers to deliver to our clients the most efficient designs.

A structural engineer also carries out periodic supervisions and inspections of the building projects, to ensure that the works are being carried out in accordance with the design. MyBoma T&C stipulate that our clients must engage the services of a structural engineer within the locality of their construction projects, to aid them to get council submission (Refer to item on Council Submission) and also supervise the projects on site.  (This will not be too steep a cost, and is usually paid per visit on site. MyBoma team can recommend different structural engineers to our clients)

 

3.Quantity Surveyors

The QS advises the client on the approximate costs of the project, based on architectural and structural drawings. The QS then prepares a Bill of Quantities, which shows a breakdown of the materials that are to be used on the project, and puts a cost element to it. This enables the client to be able to plan and prepare for the financial load of the project.

MyBoma has prepared a template for Bill of Quantities, and gone a step further to break it down elementally – to the point of telling our clients approximately how many bags of cement to buy!  The estimated project cost is also shown on our product page. 

 

4. Mechanical Engineers 

A mechanical engineer’s role in a project is to design and draw all the mechanical elements of a building. In a typical residential project, like what is provided by MyBoma, the mechanical drawings show all plumbing and drainage works which include – Water supply, Foul (sewer) drainage, Sanitary fittings e.g. Sinks, Toilet WCs etc. 

MyBoma has worked with a team of skilled professionals to prepare Mechanical drawings for our projects. 

 

5.Electrical Engineers  

An electrical engineer’s role in a project is to design and draw all the electrical elements of a building. In a typical residential project, like what is provided by MyBoma, the electrical drawings show all lighting points, sockets, conduiting etc. 

MyBoma has worked with a team of skilled professionals to prepare Electrical drawings for our projects. 

 

6.Interior designers

An Interior designer’s role in a project is to make indoor spaces functional and beautiful, by designing and specifying decorative aspects, such as paint colors, tile patterns, lighting, cabinets etc. They not only provide drawings, but also provide interior renders (Images) showing how the spaces will work. In some residential projects, an architect doubles up as an interior designer. 

MyBoma has worked with a team of skilled designers to prepare interior plans and renders for all our projects, to ensure that our clients are able to well interpret the spaces they build.

 

7.Project managers 

A project manager role is to oversee every aspect of the building project, and assist the client to manage the project on-site. Their work includes planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of the building project, ensuring that timeline targets and cost budgets are kept.

In many residential projects, the architect, or the client act as the project managers.

 

8. Land Surveyors

The land surveyor is the first consultant to visit a site, and their role is to make exact measurements and determine property boundaries (Show beacons) 

They provide drawings showing the shape and size of the site, the slope, location (longitudes and latitudes), elevation (height above sea level), and other features that would be relevant to the construction e.g. location of sewer line, borehole, trees etc.