Pay now or pay later

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Business, Contracting, Helpful Hints

It’s the hardest thing for me to do – convince owners that I should be consulted BEFORE they begin their project. The typical owner that understands the need for a construction manager thinks the services are only needed when construction starts. The problem is that the design work is done and many of the things that impact the success of the project are set. Keep in mind that there are options when it comes to the project strategy so it’s important to get good counsel from the start. Then owners find that walking through the steps of the construction process with the counsel of a construction professional is of tremendous benefit.

An example of this would be project where the owner elects to go with a design/build arrangement and employs the company without getting advice from me. If I am brought in just to manage the construction, the design is already complete and the contract for construction is in place. In that case, I am really handcuffed and not able to help the client as much as I can and should. Whereas being brought in before hiring the company there would be things to consider. Perhaps the project would have been better suited to employ a design/bid/build strategy. Perhaps there should have been an RFP for a design/build contract to increase competition and improve pricing. And being on board during the design phase would have benefits too. Reviewing the design would prevent conflicts and problems down the road. Being included and providing counsel every step of the process helps to ensure the owners get everything they should and that is vital to the owner’s satisfaction with the project and the quality of the end product. If you read this article, I hope you get it and you allow me to be a part of your project from the start. It will make a huge difference for you.

A few weeks ago, I was at church and talking to a friend who was undertaking the construction of a new house. His father-in-law was visiting from out-of-state and was familiar with construction. When he found out what I did he told his son-in-law to hire me and pay me whatever it took because I would save him so much heartache and money that it would be worth it. I wish I had had a video camera to catch the moment!

The world of construction is complicated and full of potential problems. Navigating the waters of the construction process is a challenge even for a professional like me. But it makes a big difference to have a team member who has been through it, who understands the ins and outs of construction and who has your best interest at heart. If I can be of service or answer any questions, just contact me. I’m happy to help in any way I can.

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