Solving a property development problem using perspective: Jo Chivers

Solving a property development problem using perspective: Jo Chivers
Solving a property development problem using perspective: Jo Chivers

It's pretty much a given that if you are developing property, then you will encounter problems.

Over time, I've learnt how to deal with these fun little things that crop up. They used to stress me out and ruin my day, I found myself naturally wanting to jump into action to solve the problem as quickly as possible.

But I've learnt over time to sit with it.

Mulling the problem over from different angles allows other options to come up. This process doesn't need too much time, but sometime it needs a different perspective.

One problem-solving technique you should master as a property developer  is changing perspectives to redefine the problem.

Here's an example.

We received our builder's quote on a multi unit development project and it came in a bit higher than we estimated.

Our client had requested some specific detail in the exterior design that had an impact on the cost that posed risk of over capitalising.

Rather than do the obvious which would be to pare back the design and remove the expensive items, I sat with the issue for a day. We were looking at it from two clear perspectives; cost and design. But were there other perspectives to consider? Yes.

Another perspective I looked at was yield or return. Was the design items going to impact on the end use? Who was the end user?

In this case, it was a tenant because our client was building to hold and lease. One of our goals was to optimise the rental return. Would the upgrade bring in more rent? To be honest, no. The upgrade may make the dwelling a little more appealing but the bottom line was it wouldn't increase the yield.

Another important perspective for Property Bloom was to make our client happy. Whilst our job is to ensure the most efficient outcome, we also want our clients to feel they've participated in the process, if that is important to them - it may not be to some clients but it is to others.

 Our solution was to look at other areas of the development that we could save costs on. We were able to simplify the roof design without any considerable difference in appearance and no difference in function. So the cost savings in the roof trusses and materials allowed us to spend on the upgrades our client really wanted.

Our solution to the problem didn't compromise the project but in fact, enhanced it.

A little perspective can go a long way. 


Jo Chivers is chief executive officer of property development project managers Property Bloom.

Jo Chivers

Jo Chivers

Jo Chivers is director of Property Bloom, which manages property development.

Property Development Residential Property

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