What are the benefits of procuring a Contractor instead of a Fundi (Trade Technician) to undertake my construction project?
Recent rise in construction costs and standards of living has pushed developers and prospective homeowners to weigh other methods of procurement of building works, besides the normal prescribed method of procuring a Contractor to undertake the work. One of those options that has been preferred by developers and prospective home owners is the use of Fundis or Trade Technicians to undertake various trades of works in the construction works, out of limited information on the benefits of using a Contractor to undertake the works and the dangers posed by not using one.
Below are some benefits and merits to procuring the building works using a Contractor, as opposed to a Fundi (Trade Technician):
a.) Quality Assurance: – Projects undertaken by Contractor have quality assurance that is guaranteed through a contract agreement that is entered between the Client and the Contractor. This ensures check and balances on quality during execution of the works.
b.) Management of Risks: With a Contractor, you will not be worried about various risks related to theft and safety. The Contractor is required to process necessary insurance regarding safety of the workers and security of the materials, as well as the safety of the building.
c.) Save on Time: The developer of prospective home owner is also able to save on his or her time, by delegating the contracting part of the project to a contractor who contracts all the tradesmen and women in the project and manage their trade works.
d.) Cost Management: The Contractor always works with a defined budget, that is outlined in the Contract Bills of Quantities. Necessary cost control and cost checks are therefore involved throughout the work process for cost management.
e.) Adherence to the Law: The law of Kenya requires that all building projects be undertaken by qualified Contractor that are registered by the National Construction Authority (NCA). This is meant to bring check and balances in the construction industry, by ensuring that only qualified contractors undertake construction works.
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