An English speaking partner to manage your French building project
For a fixed % fee of the project cost renosud can act as your representative [maitrise d'ouvrage déléguée] to manage your entire project to completion leaving you to enjoy the exciting process of design and executive direction without worrying about the delivery.
With an established process and a network of proven French builders and contractors renosud are unmatched for professionalism, expertise and client management.
Establishing your building plan
Before we manage the project you'll need a plan of works which is essential for defining the project in drawn form. Your plan of works is a separate service and cost. Unfortunately, we cannot accept to manage a project without our own detailed plan for obvious reasons.
The project management process is complex and involves a number of key stages:
- All materials used in the project must be defined e.g. tiles, paint colours, etc
- All fixtures & fittings must be defined right down to the last tap and plug socket
- A final project cost must be established working to your budget which is a time consuming and detailed process
- Separate detailed plans must be produced where mm accuracy is important
We'll bring all the decisions to you with explanation and guidance so that you can delegate your goals to us but remain completely in control. The best outcomes happen when we are left to do what we do best while you make the decisions and shape the outcome with your choices.
Contracting with the builder
When the information is fixed and ready to go we'll arrange a contract with the builder[s] and hand-hold you through the administration. Our goal is for you to be completely content before work begins.
All our recommended contractors, artisans and builders are French and carry the ten year insurance [l'assurance décennale] for complete peace of mind. They are are hand-picked based on real project delivery not a phonebook lottery. Our clients want assured outcomes not a contractor gamble.
Building project manager or just a good talker?
Over the years, we have seen many so called project managers full of promises and charisma while you’re here only to dissolve just like the builder, when you’re not. We’ve mopped up the mess from disastrously executed projects and its no joke. With middle-men taking up to 20% of your budget in backhanders from contractors in return for placing work ask yourself who pays the ultimate price? You should see these people as "introducers" passing you like a bundle of easy cash to a willing builder for a nice-little-earner. Sadly, some people still seem to be mesmerised into projects like this led inexorably by the nose in pursuit of lowest cost.
These are some of the tell-tale signs that you may be being lured into an outcome you may later regret:
- Estate agents and their staff who try to represent themselves as project managers offering you a ‘really good builder’ but with no clear idea of who is going to actually manage the contractors and the project. A well established route to boosting sales income, some agents have become very convincing at the builders pitch. Be warned, estate agents are motivated to sell houses not manage complex building execution - you'll almost definitely regret it later.
- Anyone who says they can manage a project without insisting on a measured executable building plan of the project and an array of supporting checklists and templates for exactly establishing the specification - we call it the ‘don’t worry it will tun out fine’ approach, it usually doesn’t.
- Absolutely anyone who tells you that their recommended builder doesn’t need managing - its simply incorrect in nearly all cases, renosud contractors are first rate but they all need managing.
- The ‘price-trap’ are quotations that look competitive and lure you into a decision. Later the costs spiral upwards and you’re quickly out of control but emotionally and practically trapped in your decision. Many builders don’t want a project manager lurking over them checking, verifying and directing. Most will do anything to avoid being held to account by a third party project manager or architect.
24/7 access to multimedia resources
We'll keep you updated and you'll have access to your private media site to track progress.
- Video and photographs from the site
- Podcasts and narrations supporting decision making and explanations
- Access PDF plans and resources anywhere anytime
- Explore 3D models of the project
- Access detailed fixtures and fittings schedules online
- Access all financial information to review, comment and track
- Screen casting and sharing to discuss project details
The ‘price-trap’ are quotations that look competitive and lure you into a decision. Later the costs spiral upwards and you’re quickly out of control but emotionally and practically trapped in your decision. Many builders don’t want a project manager lurking over them checking, verifying and directing. Most will do anything to avoid being held to account by a third party project manager or architect.
One of the most important sections you’re about to read.
Since the very day we started in 2003 renosud has never accepted any kind of commission payment from any contractor in return for placing work. Ever. There’s an important reason why. It is impossible to act in your interests if a contractor is the paymaster. Resisting the temptation to work like everyone else in the Mediterranean has earned renosud a tough but respected reputation for quality and integrity with suppliers and contractors.
It’s a straight ‘British’ way of doing business that embodies fairness and honesty and places emphasis on doing the right thing for our clients. It is you who pays renosud directly which makes renosud accountable only to you in the process. As your representative we can concentrate on the project and how it can be achieved without worrying about upsetting contractors when tough things need to said.
Our advice - seek value not lowest cost
There’s no point in having a great price if the works are poor quality and fraught with problems. Some of the most distressing situations we have managed are clients failed projects and problems caused by other builders cutting corners. We focus on the outcome through seeking value and It’s a simple fact that the best contractors always charge a fair price. It' a violation of business to expect great quality at a low price.
If you chose to ride off into the sunset without a project manager and with the lowest price builder expect to meet cowboys along the way. After rescuing many projects gone wrong the most common pitfall is rooted in some peoples’ suicidal urge to pursue lowest price without due consideration of its consequences. Its as well to ponder on the wisdom of John Ruskin [1819-1900] a leading English art critic of the Victorian era and his Common Law of Business when fixating on price.
"There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better."
If you want to have a good night sleep while your French project comes together a thousand miles away you should pick your project manager very carefully and be prepared to pay the going rate for an outcome that’s guaranteed. Call it a small insurance premium and wear a smug grin at BBQ's when you hear other people's nightmare stories.
Contact us to discuss your French building project
We cover the Aude, Hérault, Gard, Vaucluse and Provence