There are two major ways of procuring a building. Potential owners can either purchase or construct. In some cases they can purchase an old or used building and renovate it.
Outright purchase is often easier, stress-free and faster. However, how often will a potential buyer come across buildings that fit their functional and aesthetic requirements.
Also how often would they have that lump sum to pay outrightly.
How to Procure a Building in Nigeria.
From the inception of a building to the delivery of that building, there are several stages involved. Also several people trained to assist a potential building owner.
These professionals primary interest is to ensure the successful delivery of the project, within budget and on time. They can are divided into two broad categories; the building professionals and the building contractor.
Other specialist include landscape, interior and furniture specialist. While among the contractors you have the builders and his sub contractors.
5 Stages to follow when desirous of a building
By the way you will notice I used the phrase ‘qualified architect’. This is so because among professions there are statutory bodies whose sole responsibility is to regulate practice and register trained professionals. Therefore, potential building owners are required to do due diligence so you don’t deal with quacks who may endanger your project.
The lead consultant in building project is the architect. He will review and coordinate work done by all allied professionals. These professionals includes;
Surveys site boundaries, features, buildings and other site conditions.
Manages all cost relating to the building from initial calculations to final figures.
Analyzes, designs and plans structural components and structural systems in buildings to achieve design goals, ensuring safety and comfort of users.
Designs and provides efficient solutions to all mechanical installations to be deployed in the building and test them e.g. heating and cooling systems in buildings.
Designs and provides efficient solutions to all electrical installations to be deployed in the building and test them.
The contractors’ qualifications, track records and portfolio of similar works is analyzed and this analysis communicated to prospective building owner.
The nominated contractor is mobilized to site where he works under the routine supervision of the professionals.
Also project managers can be employed by the building owner to manage the construction process.