Why You Need To Understand Prelims

When you are undertaking a refurbishment project you will have to take into account the cost of prelims.

A builders tender document may have a figure for prelims

Prelims are elements of a project that are non productive but essential

Most people would call them overheads

These may be things that you cant start the project without or once the project starts you cant do without

Before the project starts you may need to pay an Architect , Quantity Surveyor or Structural Engineer

These are essential costs that you cannot complete the project without, but wont actually make you any money

If you are employing a Project Manager that will be classed as a prelim

Although the PM may be essential for pushing the project along and avoiding delays or extra costs to the project they will still be classed as non productive

You might be paying for site security or portable toilets and canteen facilities or a cleaner

These are prelims

Scaffolding, plant, water, temporary lighting are all prelims

When you look at a builder or subcontractors tender they might have put in a figure for prelims

When you break it down you will see that they are paying for office space or a Project Manager to run the job

You wont see the benefit of this but they will feel it’s essential for them to complete the work on your project

Prelims can add up to 20% onto the total project costs

That’s why its essential that you take these into account when stacking a deal

You will have to carefully consider each item that is classed as a prelim. You must decide if each of these is essential to the project

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