Why project management works

Should You Hire a Project Manager or General Contractor? Cedar Winds defines the value that proper project managment can contribute to a custom home or cottage build.

Quality control

To begin with, Cedar Winds is not knocking all general contractors (GCs). We know some excellent, reliable and trustworthy GCs. However, when it comes to custom home and cottage design and building in the Minden and Haliburton areas, we believe in a project management (PM) model. Why? Because it provides more value to homeowners, and it guarantees high build standards. Here’s how:

Because a GC typically works with a set staff of trades, occasions arise where skills don’t always match jobs. For example, if the GC doesn’t have a roofer on staff, he may ask the painter or carpenter or an apprentice to step in and do the work. 

  • The PM Plus:
    As a project manager, Cedar Winds subcontracts work to only the best, most experienced trades in the Haliburton and Minden areas. Our subcontractors don’t get paid unless Glenn approves the work. And since it is a small community, they are enthusiastic about meeting Cedar Winds’ high standards.

Lower fees

General Contractors often quote you a flat, all-in price—no matter what their actual costs. This approach allows them to increase their margins by finding ways to save money on your job, which could result in less value for you.

  • The PM Plus:
    Cedar Winds divulges all the costs of building your home and presents you with every invoice for materials and labour. As a result, our project management fee could end up costing you roughly half of a GC’s fee.

Lower design fees, too

In the Haliburton and Minden areas, GCs may have your new home or cottage design drafted by lumberyard staff with varying levels of experience. Why? Because these lumberyards do designs for free as long as your GC commits to buying materials from them. 

  • The PM Plus:
    Not only is Cedar Winds experienced in designing and building homes in the area of Haliburton and Minden, but we conduct extensive pre-design and on-site consultations to ensure your design is optimized. And we’re focused on maximizing value for you, since we have no conflicts of interest. Moreover, our design fees—10% to 15% of the overall cost—are rolled back into the project management fee.

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Protection that counts

A general contractor may tell you that a project manager can’t offer Tarion warranty coverage should there be a dispute with the contract. They may not mention that there are fees associated with the enrolment of your project, and those fees are layered into your all-in flat fee one way or another.

  • The PM Plus:
    Ontario's New Home Warranties Plan Act has widened their vendor guidelines to include project management companies under the Tarion Warranty Corporation. Cedar Winds Design-Build is registered as a Tarion Registered Vendor and complies accordingly. Cedar Winds is forthcoming with enrolment fees. Any enrolment fees that are refunded by Tarion after the completion of the project will , in turn, be refunded to our clients.

No surprise up-charges

Some general contractors count on you changing your mind about particular materials or design components midway through the project. That’s why they give you a limited selection and insist you choose everything upfront. When you do decide to make a change—even switching to a less expensive item—a GC may charge you (sometimes an exorbitant amount) for it.

  • The PM Plus:
    Cedar Winds charges you a transparent percentage of the overall project, which means you could see savings if you choose a less expensive material. And we won’t overcharge you if you choose a more expensive material.

Read about how Cedar Winds handled changes midway through a project from this homeowner on Drag Lake. 

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