Protect Your Construction Investment – Hire Building Consultants

From the smallest construction project to large multi-million dollar ones, building consultants are needed to protect your interests in a variety of areas. After all, it is almost impossible to fully involve yourself in every aspect of building. Something’s got to give and this is where hiring a professional consultant comes in.

What exactly does a building consultant do? They could be hired by a home builder to straighten out disputes with vendors or help deal with the local government on disputes about property lines. In larger scale projects, consultants could act as project managers, review contracts or even serve as mediator during certain negotiations. If you are unsure as to whether you really need to hire a consultant, here are a few more areas to consider:

Solving Disputes

Building consultants could serve as a neutral intermediary party in regards to filing or responding to paperwork about construction project problems. They might provide strategic advice for represented clients or serve as an enforcer to ensure a party adheres to a particular judgment made against them.

These consultants also may represent a client during mediation as well as help them prepare the paperwork and rebuttals. Consultants negotiate on a client’s behalf and arrange for the facilitation of settlement actions.

Contracts and Claims

Part of the duties of a building consultant might include drafting contract proposals on the client’s behalf as well as review current proposed contracts, amendments and other legal documents pertaining to a construction project. The consultant may also be called upon to help draft rebuttals and responses to contracts as well as help negotiate new terms.

Should there be any claims to file, building consultants may help you identify areas where you may be eligible for a claim. They may also help file claim forms, defend the claim with proper authorities, or even help file extensions so you can have more time to research a potential claim. Consultants may also acts as neutral parties and review claims to determine validity and chances of success.

Project Management and Training

Another duty of this type of commercial consulting is the creation of procedures and check systems for your projects. They might audit financial reports, train staff or provide general management support. Project management duties might include supplies forecasting, cash flow analysis and scheduling of vendors and materials for a project.

All aspects of a construction project, regardless of size, could benefit from the consulting advice of a professional. Hire business consultants with experience in both large and small projects.

Popularity of Bicycle Team Building

Almost ten years ago an Event Planner in Dallas asked my colleague to generate a conference event with a philanthropic element. After a good bit of brainstorming on our team, the bicycle team building was created. The Dallas program was warmly received with some minor glitches. We rethought some of the elements and I conducted the second ever bicycle team building in Orlando for a large pharmaceutical company. The Senior Vice President emailed me to say, “Your bicycle program was the single best team building event I have ever attended. And let me tell you I’ve attended plenty.”

When I last checked online there were 80+ companies offering bicycle team building events. Over the years tens of thousands of bicycles have been given to children in need. As someone who did the second event ever held and since that time has conducted over 200, I think I am uniquely qualified to answer the following questions: Why has this program become so popular? What are the key elements that make a bicycle team building successful?

1. Why so popular? A well-planned bicycle team building has three key elements…

A. Accomplishment – Team building can be fun, and at the conclusion of a bicycle team building your group has accomplished something tangible. Participants feel a sense of pride after coming together as a team and creating something valuable for needy children.

B. Bikes – Everybody has had one. Think about how you felt when you received your first bike. Remember the thrill of ownership and feeling of freedom your bike gave you. Quite simply, bikes engender fond memories for most adults.

C. Kids – The well-selected charity will bring children who need bikes and often times have never owned one. The look in a child’s eyes when they receive their first bike is something adults won’t soon forget.

2. What are the key elements? There are many decisions to be made correctly when planning a successful program.

A. Venue – Making a decision where the event will be held is important for two reasons. The first is to insure sufficient square footage for the size of your group. Participants will be moving around and assembling parts. If they do not have enough space it can create logistical problems. The second decision is whether to hold the event indoors or outdoors. When the weather is good, having the event outdoors gives participants a break to the indoor meetings they have likely been attending all day. A change of surroundings can foster a change in mood. Keep in mind that temperature and weather conditions where you are traveling from can be radically different than where the event will be held. Late spring can be extraordinarily pleasant in the Northeast, but uncomfortably hot and humid in Florida.

B. Charity coordination – It is highly desirable to work with an organization that is accustomed to moving their children in groups. They are likely to have suitable transportation and staff to manage their youngsters. They must select children of the appropriate age for the bicycles being built. Finally they must need the bicycles. I live in Orlando, a key convention destination. Some charities have become saturated with bicycles. If you don’t ask, they won’t tell. I was recently told by a nationally known organization with branches here in Orlando, they had almost a hundred new bicycles in storage. Your team building consultant should be able to find a children’s agency in need of bicycles.

C. Secrets – Who knows what? I believe it adds a vital element of “POP!” to the event if participants don’t know what they are going to be doing. So calling the event Bicycle Team Building pretty much gives away the story. I also strongly encourage the presence of the children receiving their bikes at the end of the event. The surprise experienced by the participants who are building bikes is surpassed by the excitement of meeting the children for whom the bikes were built.

Bicycle Team Building has grown from a standing start ten years ago to the most popular team building event. Many of our large corporate clients do events repeatedly for different divisions within their organizations. I was recently talking with a large healthcare client at the conclusion of an event and she told me, “This is my tenth bicycle team building and I cry every time!”

Hire Building Consultants to Handle Construction Disputes, Claims and Project Management Issues

Hiring building consultants is one thing that a small homebuilder and skyscraper construction company have in common. In both instances, issues arise that may require the services of a professional, particularly when you are juggling projects that handle mechanical, civil, structural, electrical and even process engineering aspects. The same problem solving principles apply whether you are spending a few thousand pounds or tens of millions of pounds.

Benefits of an Outside Consultant for the Building Process

What if you were half way through building your home and the actions of your contractors put your timeline for construction completion way behind? Building consultants could handle the resolution of your dispute through arbitration, mediation or negotiations. What if your company did their due diligence in applying for all the necessary building permits and then at the last minute, a neighboring property owner disputes the property boundaries? Again, a consultant acting on your behalf can get the matter solved so you do not lose time on your building project.

Individuals involved in building benefit from hiring a consultant to work for them as can smaller businesses who cannot afford to retain an expert in-house to deal with construction issues. It just makes sense to hire a professional who can mediate for you and “speak” the language of construction.

Fields of Consulting in the Building Business

Dispute resolution is one of the biggest tasks for building consultants; however, they also deal with a variety of other construction issues as well. For instance, a lot of contracts are drawn up and executed during the course of a construction project. How do you know that your interests are best represented in each and every case? You don’t, unless you hire a consultant to review the contracts and offer advice for amendments.

Claims defense and claims preparation against an entity for damages is another task for these consultants. Surveying aspects are addressed as well as management and training issues of construction staff. Project management is quite helpful for a construction site as consultants can help keep vendor deliveries and contract work well on task and within a set schedule. Debt recovery is another consulting issue too.

Why waste your money and time navigating through all the administrative stuff you don’t quite understand? While you may lead a construction project, it is nearly impossible to have an intimate and firm grasp on every aspect of the process. That is what building consultants are for – to serve as your advisors for each building process as needed.