Do your research before making a decision
When you’re ready to get a building started, you have a big choice to make. Everything can hinge on who you hire to do the work. And if you’re thinking about going with different firms for different aspects of your project, you should know about the bad that comes with the good.
Pro: You get to meet a lot of people
If you decide to use many firms for your project, you’ll necessarily meet with and talk to a lot of different folks. Any type of construction process involves a number of professionals who all have their own distinct role to play, including designers, architects, engineers, and contractors. Nothing can be built without them, and you’ll have to vet each one to make sure they are right for your build.
Con: You’ll be spending more time in meetings
Getting to know all of these people takes time. Unless you get lucky and the very first companies you visit are perfect, you’ll end up spending hours, days, and maybe even longer setting up meetings and explaining your project multiple times. Of course, this adds to the delay of completing your building.
Pro: You’ll get great insight and ideas
The people who work in the building industry are talented and creative. They’ll be able to use their experience and know-how to give you ideas and innovations you’ve probably never considered. They can take your basic starting point and turn it into something spectacular.
Con: Not everyone may be on the same page
A construction project will only be successful if everyone working on it is unified. Ultimately, it’s your vision, and all workers have to understand that and join forces. But what if your contractor doesn’t think the amazing idea your designer came up with is so amazing? Worse, what if they don’t have the knowledge or experience to make it happen? Then you either have to scrap the idea or bring in a new contractor, which will cost extra time and money.
Pro: There will be extreme attention to detail with every phase
A construction project involves a variety of phases. From the first drawing to the moment when building starts, every step has to be well thought out, and all details have to be addressed. Because each firm has their own specialty, they should be able to ensure that nothing in their area of expertise is overlooked.
Con: No overlap can mean delays
The downside is that with multiple firms, each phase usually has to be completed before the next one can begin. With any overlapping collaboration, extra time can be added to the project, which means costs will rise.
While using different firms for your building has some positive attributes, the pros don’t outweigh the cons. The solution? Go with a design-build firm. With design-build, everyone required for your construction project is under one roof. You won’t have to stress out trying to find all the people you need and then worrying that they won’t be able to work together.
At Telesco Construction, our firm is made up of talented individuals who are experts in every construction specialization, and adept at working with one another to bring a project to life. Whatever you have in mind, we can create it, and we’ll save you a lot of time and money in the process. Contact us to get started.