Sometimes the remodeling industry seems like the Wild, Wild West. It’s crazy out here!
The cast of characters is huge! You’ve got your builders and general contractors and remodeling contractors and architects and designers and engineers and plumbers and roofers and tile setters and butchers and bakers and candlestick makers. Oh wait. Well, anyway, it can be very confusing.
And that’s why consultants were invented. They are experienced in a certain field (remodeling in this case), can be a source of wisdom detached from any of the above, and can help and guide you through a project.
I know what you’re thinking: The industry is already populated with so many characters, and now you add another? How does that help?
Good question! And to find out what these “building consultant” characters are up to, I asked renovation consultant Gary Belk a few questions. Here’s what he said:
Kathy’s Remodeling Blog: Why would someone remodeling a house hire a consultant first rather than an architect or contractor?
Gary Belk: Getting unbiased advise about the feasibility of your project and budget should be the first step. In my experience contractors and architects are reluctant to be the one to tell the client that their expectations about time and money are way off base. As a consultant it is my job to help the client understand and if needed, be the one to deliver the “unpleasant” facts. My clients pay me to give them an honest assessment. My main function at this point is to make sure their expectations are in line with the amount of money they want to spend. I also help clients decide what professionals are needed for the project and help assemble the right team. How does a homeowner choose the right professionals or even know what professionals to hire? A good consultant is a bit like a matchmaker and knows the right professionals for the client and the particular job.