Using Quantity Surveyor for Redecoration Project

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    Using Quantity Surveyor for Redecoration Project

    Involved in managing a leasehold property in London - big Victorian house split into flats.

    Needs some exterior decoration doing. Mostly painting, but a few gutter repairs and possibly some repointing and plaster repair. Nothing structural though.

    Not having any particular experience in managing a piece of work like this, our initial thought was to find a surveyor to oversee the work, spec it out, estimate costs, etc. - however I'm concerned about the likely expense of this (possibly as much as 50% on top of the cost of paying the contractors to do the actual work).

    For a job like this, is using a surveyor a bit OTT? If we employ a good, professional building firm, perhaps an additional layer of management on top of that isn't really necessary for what will mostly be fairly straightforward.

    Does anyone have any thoughts?

    Thank you.

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    You want a project managing surveyor rather than a quantity surveyor. Unless the job is very small, you shouldn't be paying more than about 15% for that, including the health and safety role that you would otherwise have to take on as a non-domestic client.

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