Should project owners who have little construction management experience seek the service of a professional manager or run their project themselves to save money?  Considering the challenging nature of managing construction projects, can owners save money doing it themselves part time or full time? Is it better to have a professional assist you or should you be assisting and learning from a dedicated professional? Lastly, should you trust someone to run your project and just wait for periodic updates and the finished product?

Owners who can properly manage their own project will certainly enjoy financial savings as the project unfolds.  However, there has to be some degree of dedication for success. Additionally, you need to know what you are doing as the people you are managing can tell if you are doing the job right. You will need to hire the right subs, order the right materials, and comply with inspections. A few mistakes can be costly and it might just be cheaper to outsource the job to a full time professional.