When to Hire a Construction Consultant
Summary: A construction consultant is useful for commercial construction projects.
A construction consultant fulfills an important role, but hiring one isn’t viable for every project. You won’t need a consultant when you make an addition to your home, but something that will take longer than a month to coordinate will require outside help. There are several advantages to securing a consultant, so hiring one should be considered before you begin commercial projects.
Construction advisory services excel at helping companies plan large projects. Their job is to assess the personnel, materials and needs on the ground to develop a plan that all parties can agree to. They take into account weather and other factors that affect your project, and they have suggestions on methods to reduce costs as well.
Consultants can handle everything from materials acquisition to claims analysis during disputes. Those who are experienced can also act as expert witnesses, able to testify to the conditions on the ground after a thorough review of a dispute.
Mediation and Disputes
A construction consultant can also act as the mediator in a dispute that arises during a construction project. Their knowledge in the field of construction makes them ideal parties to help find a resolution for professional disputes, as they can accurately assess the level of fault attributed to both parties.
They can also testify to the quality of materials used, which is important in disputes that arise after projects are completed. Faulty steel doesn’t show signs of wear until a few years after the project is closed out, so witnesses are needed to verify whether the degradation of materials is natural.