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Should there be a role for Quantity Surveyors/ Cost Managers on bespoke residential projects?I am the Managing Director of a UK based Quantity Surveying firm that specializes in the luxury residential sector and a client recently asked if I could assist with a project in the United States. My understanding is that Quantity Surveyors (QS) are not used as commonly, or in the same capacity, as they are in the United Kingdom and wanted to ask local Architects:(1) What is your understanding of the role of the QS;(2) Do you consider a QS could add value to the project, specifically in the Custom Residential sector.Thanks in advance for your comments.
As Stephen mentioned, we have estimators in the US, but they are primarily used on commercial projects and most often on government buildings where a cost estimate is required with each phase.Even if an estimator is used, in the US it is the responsibility of the subcontractor that is performing the work to take-off and provide the labor and materials for their work. Therefore, a quantity surveyor's work is redundant here.
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