Why should a consultant be involved in my project ?
An consultant plays an important role in documenting of impact to a water damaged property, setting limits for work to be done to remediate the loss and insuring that the loss was properly clean prior to reconstruction of the loss area. Completion of these tasks and fully documenting them allows a homeowner to be confident in the ease of resale later down the road.
The consultant documents the loss – what is the degree and type of impact – how much area needs to be remediated. The hygienist documents the steps required to properly remove any impact and inspects the work to insure that their instructions were followed. Most importantly the issuance of “clearance” should insulate the owner – and all other parties involved in a transaction – from the liabilities incurred in the future.
A quality consultant firm should be able to provide proof of sufficient and proper insurance coverage on request to anyone involved in a transaction showing how they cover liabilities.
The training and continuing education of a consultant insures that the best and latest information is used in assessing a loss.
It’s important to look to the credentials of a consultant to know that the person you’ve picked to perform this work is qualified. Certifications are a good bench-mark to assess qualifications. There are no Arizona laws (at this time) requiring a specific license to act as a consultant. A valid business registration is all that Arizona requires. Obtaining certification, and maintaining it, are indicators of someone that is up-to-date on the latest trends and requirements to properly document and advise on remediation of a loss – though not a guarantee.
A consultant should NOT be tied to the remediator!
A severe possibility of conflict of interest exists when the consultant is partnered with a remediator – or actually is employed by a remediator. You never want the same entity responsible for setting the scope of work, performing the work and then checking the quality of work. There are no real controls (for cost, quality or liability) in this situation.
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A well trained consultant can also limit costs through setting a protocol prior to bidding by a remediator.
Providing a protocol to the client provides a base for remediators to bid from – without having out figure out things for themselves. This also insures that any competing bids will be for the same work – giving you (or your client) a solid idea of costs for a project.
Any good consultant can also provide you with multiple remediation contractors to contact for bidding for the work.
Be wary of someone that will only refer one contractor! The hygienist should be able to work with ANY contractor – as long as they can follow the consultant’s protocol. A contractor that can not follow the protocol is most likely going to be responsible for greatly increased costs due to having to retest repeatedly to obtain clearance at the end of the remediation.
Why use a consultant? To control costs, provide full documentation,
limit liabilities and
aid ease of resale.