Choosing a construction management firm is a significant decision. Here are questions to ask potential contractors to help you determine which one is ideal for you.
Type of Experience
In the construction industry, reputation is crucial. Inquire about the company’s previous work and products like cost opinions, progress reports, and relevant contacts. It’s preferable to hire a construction management firm with prior experience working on a similar project.
Speak with some of the firm’s customers about their experience throughout the development process. A construction management firm acts as your advocate for a project, unlike a general contractor.
Keep in mind that each project is unique. A construction management firm will approach a school or hospital development differently than a ground-up office or retail building. Make sure that the reference you are talking to can assist you in comprehending how the construction management firm will administer your job.
A construction firm should have the internal resources (estimating, project management, project supervision, quality, and safety) and connections with the subcontractor community necessary to finish the job on budget and on time while still adhering to stringent standards for quality and safety.
The quality of a construction management firm is determined by the competence of its employees and apprentices. Inquire about the company’s culture and the team’s educational, professional, technical, and personal qualifications.
It’s not unusual for the project manager or job site superintendent initially suggested by the construction management firm to be reassigned to another job. As a result, it’s essential to choose a business with a good reputation and adequate resources.
You should request that the construction management team attending the first interview and preliminary meetings are the people who will work on your project. Thus, you can identify and eliminate the red flags. Use your instincts to pick out potential candidates. If you are not comfortable or confident in a team during an interview, it may be an indication of how the project will turn out.
Keep in mind that the pre-construction phase might be time-consuming and unpredictable.
Although the construction management firm will take care of the majority of your project’s tasks, there will be some parts in which you or your team must participate. Make a detailed list of all the things you’ll need for each phase in the project. Examine different construction management firms’ services to determine which ones are most vital to you. Understanding the services offered by the construction management company upfront will assist you in determining how much time you’ll need for each stage of construction.
Expect (and demand) frequent, open, and honest communication from your construction manager regarding how the project is progressing and what actions will be taken to address problems if detected.
There will always be unexpected issues during a project that must be addressed. The distinction between construction managers and general contractors is how they handle these difficulties and the influence on the project’s budget and timetable. You are unlikely to have any unpleasant surprises at the end of your project if you keep the lines of communication open.
If you still have concerns, contact Altas Cost Consulting for a more thorough understanding of the construction management process. We’ll go above and beyond to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your project management.