Construction Consultants 101
Understanding Construction Consultants
The job of a construction consultant is often to help all the other professionals involved with a construction job to communicate with each other. Because of their backgrounds, consultants understand the jargon, work methods and strategies of their colleagues, including architects and contractors. Therefore, they can translate issues between all parties so problems are solved quickly and efficiently.
A consultant also becomes an advocate for the home or site-owner. If the client has a dispute with the architect, for example, the consultant mediates the issue so the client can reach a positive resolution to the issue. Sometimes clients aren’t comfortable speaking their minds in meetings or other communications, so the consultant steps in to make the client’s wishes known.
Consultants sometimes assist with serious disputes that arise during or after project completion. If a contractor does not fulfil his or her duties under the contract, for example, the consultant provides an unbiased, third-party perspective on the issue. This often results in an agreeable resolution before the issue winds up in court.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that clients and site owners are the only parties who can hire construction consultants. Contractors often hire these professionals to assist with project management and oversight. In fact, sometimes two consultants work on the same project; one is retained by the client and the other by the contractor. In this case, the consultants communicate with each other primarily, each representing his or her client. While this might seem like a complicated arrangement, it can actually simplify the finer details of a construction project.