At DeToma Construction, we consider ourselves a diversified company that offers a wide variety of services and craftsmanship. One of our various provided services is Construction Management.
Lets first get into the various aspects of construction management. The process can be separated into multiple parts/phases. The first phase is the review of bids. We develop questions to help clients further understand what they are receiving from the work we do, and to validate that the work that we are doing aligns with the customers wants, needs, and goals. The overall bidding process can be broken down into 10 separate aspects. They are as follows:
1. Review Bids, estimates and quotes. Discern the relevance of language to costs.
2. Determine unnecessary costs, ambiguous costs and unclear language.
3. Determine whether the estimate is complete, realistic and responsible.
4. Verify references, check actual jobs for quality work.
5. Review language for specificity, cohesion, locution and concise description of labor, materials, and equipment.
6. Look for latent anomalies in wording, approach or description.
7. Look for omitted labor, material, or equipment in the description of bid or estimate.
8. Determine what is correct with estimate or bid, and encourage reconciliation or regeneration of bid or estimate for accuracy.
9. Check for quantity validity and accuracy.
10. Prompt bidder for communication as to clear misunderstandings in the written communication.
11. Offer to represent homeowner, agent of homeowner for recommended bid assessment meeting.
12. Integrate with the homeowner as to solidify a responsible estimate or bid transition to a cost proposal ready for contract.
The second aspect of construction management is the review of contract details. This is important because we have to make sure that contracts are in compliance with local ordinances. In more depth, we review the contracts for omissions, excessive, non-succinct language, as well as contextual inaccuracy.
Although this is not a legal review of the contract, it is an extremely beneficial service because it allows you to ensure that the scope of work is properly laid out, as well as that the contract is in compliance with local contractor licensing boards and consumer protection boards.
The benefits of having a contract are immeasurable. It will be referenced from the beginning to end of any construction job. It can:
- Serve as a means to job scheduling
- minimizes irrational fears
- disarm ambiguity
With the depth of knowledge that we can provide in terms of the remodeling and construction business, we bring years of experience. This knowledge ultimately translates into a cost effective and streamlined construction project for the customer.
We further go into the warranty and control process. Here we review warranties from prime contractors and subcontractors. Many warranties today are disclaimed or not enforced because initial paperwork, the actual registration for the warranty has not been completed and sent in, or the application of the product is inconsistent with the manufacturer’s warranty.
Ideally, we encourage clients to obtain a “Owners Manual” from contractors, detailing the major and notable products utilized in the construction process and have an organized collection of important documentation attained before the termination of the work; this will enable clients to reference important data regarding their home.
In the long term, this document can additionally carry transferable warranties. These warranties as well as other pertinent information can make the resale of your home more attractive in the future.
We next go into design considerations and functionality. Through this process, we review specifications and approach, thus helping to synchronize product compatibility. We additionally review design recommendations, considering ergonomics, functionality, cost, and resale potential.
This process can additionally prevent design concerns in the remodeling process, as well as challenges faced in terms of the initial design intention. These concerns can be prevented through a pre-construction conference with all pertinent stakeholders ie GC, subs, architect, engineer etc. These collective meetings are designed to keep communication current,ongoing, and healthy.
We are additionally active participants in the scheduling process. We work to engage contractors and owners to streamline communication, and to promote an overall efficient job process.
A daily check in on material, labor, subcontractors, employees, and tasks will result in a progressing and efficient job. Weekly updated schedules will either be distributed electronically, at progress meetings or in a live online meeting.
Additionally in terms of communication, we ensure that proper inspections take place,make sure that renovations are adaptable for future add-on and upgrades, and develop accurate and reasonable punch-lists. A punch list is a document prepared during key milestones or near the end of a construction project listing work that does not conform to contract specifications. We finally create an owners manual, representing operations, nuances and idiosyncrasies of recent renovation. All of these tasks ultimately create flawless communication between customer and contractor.
At DeToma Construction, we make sure that your project with a contractor satisfies your conception of the work you want to be done. We do so in a way that is legally sound, cost-effective, faultlessly designed, and continually communicated to you from start to finish.