Homeowner’s Associations are often faced with large maintenance and repair jobs and find themselves in over their head. Such projects often involve several different disciplines such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry and engineering that must be separated and set out for bid. Jobs like these are best handled by a professional project manager.
Win / Win
Both HOAs and subcontractors want to get the job done in the most efficient manner. When there are misunderstandings and miscommunications often lead to cost overrun and missed deadlines. We’ve found that in most cases the HOA is put out by extra costs while the subcontractor is left with more work that he can collect on. No one is happy.
Conversely, a good construction manager provides accurate specifications, scheduling and supervision that keeps everyone on the same page and operating at maximum efficiency.
A professional construction manager helps draft contracts that inherently keep change orders to a minimum with accurate and timeframes / deadlines and fair penalties that incentivize efficiency. Contracts should also require evidence of liability and workers compensation insurance.
Understanding the sequence of construction events and coordination amongst the subcontractors is an art only mastered with years of experience. HOAs need a professional Construction Manager who “speaks the language” and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when issues arise. There’s a lot of moving parts when it comes to complex renovation and repair jobs. Make sure you have someone in your corner that understands each of them.