A Cultural Resources Management (CRM) consultant will only bring benefits to your project. They can stop you from getting into trouble with the law. They’ll ensure any major renovation work won’t inadvertently damage any cultural treasures. The success of your project depends entirely on employing the right consultant, though. Here are a few tips for choosing the right consultant.
What’s Your Job?
The first tip doesn’t involve looking at the consultant. You need to know about your project. Carefully map it out and determine what skills you’re going to need. Consultants can specialize in specific projects or offer general services. You need to decide which option is right for you.
Having this sort of documentation to hand will also help you later during your consultation. You might need to employ another consultant to help you compile your project plan.
What about the Qualifications?
There are no standard qualifications every single contractor must have in this industry. As a general rule of thumb, the more qualifications a company have the better. You want to see a constant commitment to education. It’s a sign they really care about the level of quality they have in their company.
You should always make sure they’re registered with the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Other certifications include the Hazwopper certification.
Here’s another tip. Make sure the companies they’re affiliated with carry the same qualifications.
Never give work to anyone unless you’ve met them first. Ideally, you should meet them at the project site. It will allow them to get a better idea for the environment and the sort of quotes they can give. The consultation is a matter of feeling out your potential contractor. Usually, they’ll charge a small amount for this. They won’t charge you for a brief conversation online, though.
During your consultation, ask them a few questions about the process. These strategic questions should act as a test. Ask them how they would go about planning for the project and how they would confront certain issues. Do they give political answers or real, useful answers?
If you feel like this person knows what he’s talking about, this is a bonus. Looking at a business online can only tell you so much. Judge for yourself how professional this person is and go from here.
The consultant may well have no problems giving you a rough quote during your consultation. Whether they can or they can’t has no bearing on how professional they are. This depends on the scope of the project.
You should get a few quotes from around your local area. Get a feel for the sort of prices being charged. Any prices which appear to be too low or too high should act as warning signals. Excessively low prices could indicate the sign of bad quality work, whereas high prices are simply overpriced.
Your gut feeling can tell you a lot. Listen to it. Take some extra time to think about your choice of contractor. You shouldn’t feel pressured to make a decision. This is where mistakes tend to happen.
This article is submitted by Patrick Jones, a business consultant, a tech expert and a professional blogger. He feels that the fields of historic preservation services are doing a great job and are progressing rapidly.