Over the years that we have been in business, we’ve heard variations of this question dozens of times. Fundamentally it’s really a very good question and one that we are happy to answer. Sometimes the best answer is another question. Here are a series of questions that project owners might want to ask themselves when starting to put together their project team:
Do you have the knowledge and experience required to manage all of the details of a construction project?
Do you have a project team? If so, is there one person on your team whose sole purpose is to watch out for the Owner’s interests?
Do you have the time and/or expertise to manage all of the details of a construction project?
Do you know how to determine the best project delivery method for your project?
Do you have the data and experience to produce detailed and accurate budget estimates?
Do you know how to determine, without a doubt, if a contractor is qualified to build your project?
During construction do you know what to look for and what questions to ask to ensure good quality and contract compliance?
Do you have the experience and time to make sure the contractors have met all their obligations and the project is closed-out properly?
If you’re a homeowner contemplating a project do you have the expertise and time to manage your project and still leave time for family and work obligations?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may need an Owner’s representative / Owner’s Project Manager.