New build Basement... project managing help !

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Hi Guys

Ive made some great contacts on various forums,and as crazy as it sounds decided to project mange my basement.

A basement contractor has kindly offered me one of his contacts, his past employee has recently set up on his own business and is able to provide me a labour price for the shell, or fixed if I wish, my only reason for going labour only is on the hope of saving a few bob

-His team-
3 guys 1)under pinner 135 a day 2) labourer 85 dat rate 3) himself---site supervisor multi skilled 170.

Decided to go down the traditional route underpinning the existing house, constructing the basement retaining wall in 1m segmented sections around the perimeter of the basement.

Waterproofing will be sub contracted out to a specialist firm who are able to offer a warranty, I cant afford to keep the place so will need some kind of warranty when I come sell it.

At the above labour only prices nearly 2k a week, im looking to get started in 2 weeks, bad time of year to start a basement :0( I know.
Before I agree a start date, would it be fair for me to ask them for a guide to how long they think it will take, my thoughts so far shortest time frame with no issues 16 weeks, max with issues 20 weeks.

I wouldn’t be onsite everyday as I have a 9-5 m-f slave driving job, these are my current thoughts on helping me keep tabs on the site, what do you guys think?

1)I’ve setup 2 cctv cameras with live recording , to help me monitor start times, general progression on site by the minute,

2) The basement build is being carried out in 1m segmented strips, I could work out the average time taken to complete 1 strip and use that in order monitor there progress.

3) Qs would the contractors stop working in rain & bad weather and still charge me the full day rate?, as taking the time of year I could be asking for trouble, contractor says his guys worked until 20th dec last year on a basements builds.

Great to hear your thoughts the good the bad and the witty!
 
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Live cctv? Jeez, if they can't be trusted you shouldn't be employing them. Do they know you're gonna spy on them all day long?

One assumes you've got a good set of Regs drawings?
 
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No way would I work somewhere where the customer was spying.

And employing people on daywork will probably be dearer than getting a fixed price off them.
 
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maybe install a tannoy and occasionally call one of them into "the diary room" to ask how things are progressing.
 
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Wow tannoy & diary room, why didnt i think of that!...keep them coming its really cheering me up :0)
 
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seriously though, id expect things to turn sour the minute they see the cameras. not the usual way things work I'm afraid.
 
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nobody can speak for anyone else and if you have any questions you should really be talking to the guys themselves.

personally if its day rate I don't charge if im not there unless its job related like picking up materials etc, so if im rained off ill give it half an hour and if it doesn't look like its going to stop ill leave site.
as for the cameras, im not sure it would bother me, but I can see it making you paranoid, i.e. you don't see one guy on the cam for a while and your gunna start thinking hes tossing it off which might not be the case.

at the end of the day its about trust, and if you don't trust them then don't hire them
 
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The cameras are easily enough dealt with.
Just cover them up.
Then get the deck of cards out. :LOL:
 

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