You need a civil engineer whether you’re developing a new commercial property, building a new home or embarking on a public project—but not just any civil engineer will do. It’s important to take the time to choose the right civil engineering company for the job. Not every firm is qualified to take on every type of project.
Unfortunately, many companies and homeowners rush through the process just to get started on the job. This can end poorly, with the engineer providing low quality work, missing an important deadline or failing to communicate in a timely manner. Here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid when choosing a civil engineer in Idaho:
- Focusing too much on cost: Finding service for a fair price should be a top priority, but it shouldn’t be the sole factor in deciding which company you choose. The firm offering the lowest price might not be the best choice for the job. Instead, you must also consider their proposal, their experience and their past work history. The cost should just solidify your decision.
- Forgetting to do your research: Doing some research before even meeting with a civil engineering company will make the process much easier. Read prior customer reviews and look at their past work within your community. Determine their specific areas of expertise and whether they have the right experience for the job. Additionally, considering their reputation within the community will also help you get the best possible sense of their workmanship.
- Rushing to decide: Wanting to get started on a project as soon as possible is understandable, but you should never rush through this decision, as it requires a significant financial investment. Take the time to do your research and meet with each company to ensure you’re working with the best team of engineers for the specific job.
- Picking a team that doesn’t prioritize communication: A lack of communication can be detrimental to a project. The right civil engineer should be responsive throughout the duration of the job. They will be happy to answer any questions, provide status updates and be easily reachable. You should feel completely comfortable knowing they’re ready to listen.
- Not talking about deadlines: Deadlines are incredibly important in a project. Missing a scheduled deadline can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if construction is delayed. Be upfront about any established deadlines. The right company should be honest about whether they can stick to the date with their existing workload. Establishing these parameters ahead of time should help prevent unexpected delays later.
- Not asking the right questions: The interview process is the perfect time to ask any questions you might have. This might include questions about materials, cost, labor or past projects. Staying silent will only increase the risk of miscommunicating or choosing the wrong company.
Avoiding these mistakes should help with your search for the best civil engineer in Idaho. Call Mason & Associates today to speak to one of our expert civil engineers or land surveyors about our services!