Working closely with Architects, building design professionals, project managers and building owners, Cost Planner Geoffrey Moyle offers tailored budget and cost planning advice.

Starting early in design, and continuing through documentation, he helps ensure projects are realistically planned, costed and monitored.

Budget advice, guidance and cost planning reports are provided on architecturally designed residential, community, hospitality & commercial projects.

“You set out to build a home and you wind up in the poor house.”

Jim Blandings, played by Cary Grant in the 1948 Movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Cost Planning

In this industry it’s not hard to find a project that’s over-budget. It need not be so.

If you’re planning a project for a client, or yourself, it’s likely that much thought has been given to the design brief. But how much attention has been given to the budget?

Budgets are often conjured up quickly, simply and without sufficient consideration.  No great surprise then that there’s commonly a difference between the intended cost of a project and the final result.

It’s rarely the choice of colours, kitchens or cladding that send a project sour, it’s almost always the cost. Getting the budget right from the outset is the key step in cost planning.

“… Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”  – Bob Dylan

So true! It’s never too early to commence cost planning… whether you’re seeking funding, setting budgets, looking for a site, or just thinking about the scope, scale and needs of your project.

Done well, cost planning is a management and guiding process giving the client and the design team the direction, strategy and confidence to continue.

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Sample Residential Schematic Cost Plan Report – July 2016

This sample cost plan report for a ‘typical’ residential alterations & additions project shows the format & content of a measured Schematic Design Stage Cost Plan report.

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Sketch / Schematic Plan Specification Notes for Cost Planning – Residential Projects

These samples provide an indicative format and content for some specification notes to be provided to the Cost Planner.

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Geoffrey Moyle Principal, Cost Planner / Dip QS RMIT, AAIQS, RBP QS-1040

I’ve been an active member of the building design, construction and consulting industry for over 33 years, and have extensive experience on a wide range of projects.

In an industry where cost over-runs and delays are commonplace, I can demonstrate an enviable track record with a wonderful portfolio of past successes, and satisfied clients.

Whether it’s helping a homeowner get the home they desire; a community group or school the building they need; or ensuring a timely restaurant fitout for the owner; I pride myself in getting projects on track and keeping them there…

As a Cost Planner I provide professional advice to help my clients deliver the robust and innovative … and often highly acclaimed! … results they seek. My approach is organised and practical. If I say I can assist, I will.

I’m a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a Registered Building Practitioner and have a Diploma of Quantity Surveying with Distinction (RMIT). In my spare time, I help raise my children, listen to music, write poetry and enjoy life in north-east Victoria.

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