Someone recently asked me to advise him on the factors to take into consideration when searching for structural engineering contractors. He is considering setting up an apartment block, and he wants to ensure that he gets it right, because it is a major investment for him. In today’s blog post, I am going to share with our readers the advice I gave to him: meaning that today’s blog post will be a brief exposition on the factors that need to be taken into consideration, when searching for structural engineering contractors.
Firstly, when searching for structural engineering contractors, you need to look at technical capacity. This is arguably the most important consideration. This is a matter of asking yourself the question as to whether the specific structural engineering contractor you are considering working with has the technical capacity to carry out the project you have in mind. And to figure this out, you have to look at the portfolios of the respective contractors, in terms of the projects they have handled in the past. You also have to look at the resumes of the key technical people in the engineering firms, to figure out whether they have the capacity to handle the project you have in mind.
Secondly, when searching for structural engineering contractors, you need to look at reputation. It is possible to get a structural engineering firm that has solid technical capacity, but whose reputation is very dubious. You may therefore need to ask people who have previously worked with the respective contractors for feedback. Just as there are websites like Krogerfeedback.com (where people who have visited Kroger outlets give their feedback), there are places where you can get feedback from people who have worked with various structural engineering contractors.
Thirdly, when searching for structural engineering contractors, you need to look at cost. It is possible to have a structural engineering contractor who has good technical capacity, as well as a decent reputation, but who charges exorbitant fees for projects. So cost becomes an important consideration, because you want to ensure that you get the best possible deal, in the final analysis.