Why is it that everyone always over promises and under delivers? Wouldn’t the world be a happier place if under promise and over delivers was the norm?

To me over promising is giving your client a shit service.

Im not architect bashing here but as a QS they are the bane of my life sometimes.

For those of you who don’t know, what usually happens is, a client instructs an architect and gives them a brief of what they want, and the budget they have to achieve it.

The architect then usually designs something that is right on the verge of their budget or maybe 10-20% over.

Why do they do this? Is it a vanity thing? Or are they just insane?

I say this as the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Then I receive it to price, submit it and get told by the client its over their budget. Like it’s MY fault!

Im just pricing what’s on the drawings mate!

Then what usually happens is the cheapest contractor gets chosen and maybe even asked to drop their rates.

This is usually a mistake, a BIG one.

Cutting rates = shit service

As they will go somewhere else the moment they are getting more £

My advice…

Engage a builder and a QS as early in the process as possible