What is involved in Project Managing a Renovation



Home renovations may be an exciting yet scary job. 

There are several considerations to be made along the road, from selecting the correct materials to locating the perfect contractor.

One of the most crucial considerations you’ll have to make is how to handle the renovation process.

Coordination and oversight of all components of a project are required to guarantee that it is finished on schedule, within budget, and to the intended degree of quality.

A successful renovation requires effective project management. It guarantees that everyone participating in the project is working towards the same goals and that any potential problems or barriers are addressed as soon as possible.

This can assist to avoid delays, cost overruns, and other frequent issues that might occur throughout a renovation.

In this article the team at Style Plus Rennovations take a look at what is involved in project managing a renovation in Auckland.

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The practice of managing a project from inception to end is known as project management.

It entails planning, organising, and regulating all components of a project to ensure that it is finished on schedule, within budget, and to the appropriate quality level.

From construction and engineering to software development and marketing, project management is employed in a wide range of sectors and applications.

At its heart, project managing a renovation is determining a project’s goals, developing a strategy to attain those goals, and then carrying out that plan while monitoring progress and making modifications as needed.

This necessitates a blend of leadership, organisational skills, and technical competence, as well as the ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders at all levels.

Project management is crucial in renovation projects. Renovations require a lot of moving pieces, from design and planning to building and finishing.

Without proper project management, things may easily go off track, budgets can be surpassed, and deadlines can be missed.

You can guarantee that your renovation is done on schedule, within budget, and to the greatest possible level by employing effective project management procedures.


Project managing a renovation requires careful planning, organisation, and execution. The following outline the key steps;

Define the scope of the project

Before you can begin planning your home renovation, you need to define the scope of the project. This includes determining what work needs to be completed, what materials will be required, and the most important item, what your budget is.

Create a project plan

Once you have defined the scope of the project, you can now create a detailed project plan. This should include a timeline, a budget, and a list of tasks that need to be completed.

Read more about How To Plan & Budget A Renovation.

Your renovation budget

We recommend that you work with your contractor to define and create a detailed budget. And have a system to track all expenses throughout the project lifecycle.

Hire the right team

To ensure the success of your renovation, you need to hire the right team. This may include an architect,  an engineer, contractors, and other professionals. 

Before making a final selection, we recommend that you research and interview possible contractors. Search for contractors that have completed similar projects in the past.

Monitor progress and make adjustments

Throughout the renovation lifecycle, you will need to monitor progress and make adjustments as necessary.

Project managing a renovation involves revising the project plan, adjusting the budget, or resolving any issues that arise. Communication is a key factor in a successful project.

To assist keep your project on schedule, we propose that you consider using a project management application. For example, at Style Plus Renovations we use Buildertrend to track and communicate with our clients.

Manage quality control

Quality control is essential to ensuring that your home renovation meets your expectations.

Be sure to establish clear quality standards, and monitor progress throughout the project lifecycle to ensure that these standards are being met.

Read more about Our Quality Control For Renovations.

Expect the unexpected – managing risk

Unexpected complications might develop when project managing a renovation, even with careful preparation.

Risk management is an important aspect of project management. It involves identifying potential risks and developing strategies to mitigate them.

It is important to be adaptable and ready to make changes as needed. We suggest that you create a contingency plan at the start of the project to address any potential concerns.


Project managing a renovation involves a thorough awareness of the project’s scope, meticulous planning, budgeting, team management, good communication with stakeholders, risk management, and quality control.

A home renovation project may be completed on schedule, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders with the correct project management methodology.


  • What is a LIM report?
    Land Information Memorandum Memorandum (LIM). A LIM is a report generated at your request by the local council. It gives a summary of the current property information possessed by the council's various departments on the day the LIM was created. For Auckland homeowners, you can apply for your LIM report here.
  • Can my builder be a project manager?
    Yes, there are licensed builders that manage the whole renovation process. Whichever option you decide on, be sure there is a formal contract that clearly defines all of the parties' responsibilities.
  • Do I need a project manager for my home renovation?
    Ultimately, as the home owner it is your choice. However, keep in mind the following;
    • A project manager is your safety net, and they are there to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
    • A project manager relieves stress by managing your project from start to finish, keeping you informed every step of the way. And is usually one point of contact for the project.
    • A project manager can save you money in the long run because they manage the entire project, can source products, and are familiar with everything.
    • A project manager understands how long things take and can plan and organise sub-trades to be on the job at the right time.
  • How do project managers charge for their services?
    There are a few ways that project managers managing a building project charge for their services. The following are a few popular choices;
    1. Flat fee per project
    2. Invoicing based on hourly rates
    3. Percentage of project costs
    4. Project phase payments
  • What role does a project manager play for a home renovation?
    Renovation project managers are in charge of the planning and execution of the renovation projects. They make certain that work is finished on schedule, on budget and liase with the local council if required. They also plan logistics, distribute tasks, and keep track of the budget/expenditures.

If you are still unclear as to use a project manager or not for your renovations, contact us and arrange for a free consultation. At Style Plus Renovations, we will help you achieve your renovation goals!

Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of the information.

The information may change without notice and Style Plus Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.


As an Auckland North Shore family-owned and run business, Style Plus Renovations care about what we do and we take the time to fully understand your renovation needs. We are also proud to receive some exceptional compliments from our Auckland clients.

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