Value for money and how
to assess it.
Cheapness of service doers not always represent best value. Likewise expensive
does not always represent a quality service.
VALUE FOR MONEY (BEST VALUE)
CHP will not be the cheapest. There are other agents who operate differently who will
likely have a lower fee structure but they will usually just do the minimal amount of work to satisfy the
requirements of the Local Authority. You will likely receive a set of drawings that may not be suitable as the
contract documents for your builder or for use in a competitive tender without further enhancement. Unless the
client has the technical and managerial expertise of building projects then you are not advised to obtain
minimalist drawings with no Specification Manual.
CHP's philosophy is to assume that the client could be saddled with an
unscrupulous builder who will win the contract on a very cheap price and then exploit deficiencies within the
documents claiming multiple extras on the job. This fact alone, in my opinion, accounts for the majority of
complaints from building owners. Therefore, without a good set of concise documents, the client can be exposed to
extensive extra costs and very limited protection.
CHP does not claim to close all the loopholes but a good effort is made to
ensure that your final builder will not be in a position to deliberately seek extensive additional
CHP is, however, considered to be competitive when compared to some of the High
Street type operations offering professional building design services where usually a percentage fee scale is the
norm. The client is advised to seek alternative quotations for verification.