“Contractors and CMS will charge you as much as they possibly can. Why? Because they can get away with it.”
I’ve been involved with the construction industry for nearly my entire professional career. Now, there are a lot of wonderful people, and many positive aspects to this business, but there is a recurring theme:
Owners get screwed. By General Contractors and Construction Managers.
Not to mention the other parties involved such as subcontractors or lawyers that are out to protect their own interests.
Frankly, I’ve been tired of seeing this for a long time.
Having been screwed over in the same fashion myself, I was eager to get a solution out there that could protect owners from these self-serving parties. Discover how to side-step the major pitfalls of large scale construction projects
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Frankly, I’m Tired Of It
I wanted a change. Because I am tired of seeing our clients getting run roughshod over by contractors and construction managers.
Design professionals in particular are very bright. They’re extremely creative. They’re extremely ethical. And they protect owners. I am just tired of the nonsense that goes on. And it has been going on for years and years.
And there are other groups out there that say, “Yeah, we’re going to help you, we’re going to help you, we’re going to help you.”
But, there’s no one out there that truly has the conviction to truly protect their clients, solve their problems and make them more successful. Big claim to be sure, but I’ve seen it during the past 30 years.
And that goes true for the owner, solving their problems, protecting the owner and making them more successful. That’s what we do. That’s what I do.
Disrupting The Industry
It took nearly six years to develop the idea of the Risk Free Construction Solution™. Prior to this, I worked with architects and engineers for nearly 30 years. And what I found is that our clients get sued all the time.
And there’s no mistake on the owner’s part. It’s because someone else is trying to make their problem the owner’s problem because they have deep pockets.
So about six years ago, I asked the question: “How can we protect owners from change orders?”
Because at the end of the day, especially if you’re in the public sector, every project is underbid.
The contractor and the subcontractor have to come up with ways to make up for the paper loss and they do it through change.
Like I say, there are only three things you can guarantee in life: death, taxes, and change on a construction project.
So six years ago, I literally started flying all over the world to find a solution that could protect clients from this change.
And we developed a solution that creates much greater predictability in terms of the quality construction, the schedule, and the cost of construction at the end of the day.
In essence, it creates much greater predictability in terms of what an owner’s expectation should be.
It’s not going to be perfect, unfortunately, because of the human element. Nonetheless, it dramatically improves the probability that things will go well.
My Personal Example
Years ago, I bought a small commercial building in downtown Madison, New Jersey.
And I decided that since the second floor was an old warehouse, we were going to convert that project into office space, it basically was an adaptive reuse project.
So a friend of mine was the contractor. (Now an ex friend.)
I mean, he did a good job. It was an open book, cost plus contract. And he would say to me, “Yeah, I’m gonna protect you, I’m gonna protect you, I’m gonna protect you. “
Well, we needed a new roof. And they wanted to charge an extra $10 a square foot in the event that the plywood has to be replaced. And this is before the pandemic, when a sheet of plywood was $65.
I said to him, “A sheet of plywood should be $5.” And he said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it.”
Well, guess what? He didn’t take care of it. I ended up getting the bill, and of course I paid it. But then I realized what happened. I went back, and I told my ex friend about it.
He said, “Ehh, that should never happen.”
“Gee, Thanks friend!”
Unfortunately, that’s the kind of thing that happens in construction all day long every day. And that’s an everyday occurrence unless someone is going to change it for them. And that’s what we do.
Having been involved in this industry for nearly 30 years, having experienced it myself, and having seen it happen to numerous people over the years, I’m simply tired of it.
I don’t want to see this. And it’s why I’m so passionate about protecting clients from these contractors who think they can do whatever they want.
It’s unethical and makes the owner look bad, because their projects are never done on time. And they’re always paying more – usually a lot more – than they think they will.
If you’ve experienced this yourself before and would rather not again, or if you’re building a project for the first time, I encourage you to grab a free copy of the “Risk Free Construction Solution™”.
It will highlight in greater detail the deceit in the industry, and how you can protect yourself from the game that these contractors have created.