Factors to consider before undertaking a construction project in Zimbabwe

Before you construct a house it’s important that you estimate the amount of money that you will spend on the project.

The process of estimating the cost of construction is usually complex as you need to consider many factors in order to come up with an accurate estimate. Some of the factors that you need to consider include:

Condition of the Site

The condition of the construction site can increase or decrease the construction costs. Some of the conditions include: wetlands, poor soil conditions, conflicting utilities, contaminated materials, overhead lines, ground water, river or stream crossings, buried storage tanks, endangered species habitat, and archaeological sites.

The location of the site will also affect the cost of construction. For example, if you are construction your house in a high value area, you will most likely put up a high value property which will be more expensive than when you are putting up a low value property in an average or low value area.

Choice of Architect

Architects not only design buildings, they also ensure that the buildings are constructed according to plan. While new architects will try to cut corners in order to lower the costs of construction, this isn’t the case with experienced and reputable architects.

The reputable professionals will thoroughly follow the construction process and ensure that everything is done perfectly. This is to protect their brand. This means that if you hire a reputable professional, you will most likely spend more money.

Labor Costs

The amount of money that you pay to the people working on the site varies from one place to another. In general the labor costs tend to be high in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas. This is because the cost of living is much higher in the urban areas.

Project Schedule

The time that the contractor is expected to complete the construction greatly affects the cost of construction. An increase in project duration greatly increases the construction costs due to increase in indirect costs.


Are the raw materials required in the construction process near the site of construction? If they are within the site the cost of construction will be low, but if they are within the site you will have to spend more money.


These are some of the factors that affect the cost of constructing a house. To ensure that the house lasts for a long time ensure that you don’t compromise on the quality of the materials that you use.As Chase Contractors we are pleased to highlight that we can offer all these services under one roof .