The following steps described are guidelines as to what may or may not be required to get the project moving. In some cases, these steps may not be needed, but it’s a good idea to know what to expect if they are required.
At this time, one should consider if a contractor is required, or if a project consultant is a good idea.
In a disaster area, there will be a lot of qualified and unqualified people. Ask for good references, and call before you discuss hiring. In the case of a contractor, local authority will be able to help with information. In the case of a consultant, check with other clients for their take on satisfaction.
Contractors can take the job on for the long haul. Get time frames and availability from them. Ask about current job loads. No point in hiring a contractor who is too busy to move the job ahead in a timely fashion. Get more than two bids. Write up the budget on one of the Forms from the form menu and keep track of the outlay.
If a consultant is hired, the homeowner becomes the contractor. Again, use the Form. The advantage with a consultant is that the owner has total control of the outlay, writes the checks, and has a manager who runs the job. Prices can be negotiated with the consultant, and he or she will conduct the negotiations and scheduling of the subcontractors. A consultant should be well versed in all the trades and should have a list of architects and engineers on tap. The consultant can find and check out subs, thereby reducing the stress on the homeowner.
Hiring a consultant is like hiring your own personal expert like a lawyer or CPA. If a consultant is considered to be an option, the owner can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.