In a time when construction is booming here in the Bay, it takes a special construction management service to rise above the rest, but with a little research, you can find that service. Here are seven tips for how to find the best construction manager:
- Experience matters: These days, it seems that everyone is throwing their hat into the ring of Bay Area construction, which means that experience is more elusive—and more valuable—than ever before. A construction manager who has seen it all before will be able to keep your project on track.
- Seek trustworthy recommendations: Whom do you trust more: an anonymous online stranger, or a close and respected friend or neighbor? When it comes to seeking recommendations, make sure you put real thought into whose opinion you take stock in.
- Ask about previous work: A construction manager might claim to be versatile, but in reality they might only have meaningful experience in residential construction, which will not be helpful if you are creating an urban mixed-use development. Ask for concrete details about what a potential construction management service has tackled before.
- Check credentials: Even in the very code- and regulation-heavy world of construction and development, it can sometimes be easy for a construction manager to lie or be misleading about their credentials and qualifications. Take the necessary steps to make sure your potential manager is who they say they are.
- Ask detailed questions: When hiring a construction manager, you certainly do not want there to be any misunderstandings on either side about what will be expected. Instigate a long, detailed conversation to ensure you both are on the exact same page.
- Do your own research: If this is one of your first developments, you might still be unclear as to what a construction manager is and what they can be counted on to do. Do some research on the field and have a strong idea of what you want and need before beginning your search.
- Consider hiring local: Here in the Bay Area, the real estate boom is so big that it is attracting major developers from all over the world. But still, it pays to go with a local company that will have the strong connections and intimate understanding necessary to make sure your development project goes off without a hitch. What’s more, you will be doing your part to support the local economy.