1. What is a construction consultant?
Construction consultants have deep knowledge in one or more specific areas of construction. They are hired to prevent, evaluate and solve problems that generalists cannot.
Years ago, architects managed the entire construction project, and construction consultants were virtually non-existent.
Today’s homes and buildings are complex. Design & construction teams frequently include construction consultants, who step in to anticipate issues or resolve problems.
2. When do you need a construction consultant?
Speak with a construction consultant when:
- Complex projects are being planned, designed or built
- Disputes erupt over construction conditions
- Extensive repairs may be necessary
- Testing for problems or defects is needed
- Lawsuits are a possibility, or have been filed
3. What is the difference between a construction consultant and a contractor?
Consultants investigate problems, offer design solutions and may offer expert opinions. Contractors perform the actual construction on the building.
For example: A building owner has a leak, but from where? A waterproofing consultant identifies the sources of leaks. The consultant creates a Scope of Repair, which specifies the materials and designs for the repair. The contractor will then perform the recommended repairs with their team of applicators and installers. The consultant may review and/or inspect the contractor’s repairs at various stages.
4. How do construction consultants work with clients?
If you are a homeowner, building owner, a homeowners’ association or a representing attorney, you will typically contract directly with the construction consultant, who will represent your interests.
If you retain a consultant, he or she works closely with other members of your team. Consultants typically bill hourly for their time.
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