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Choosing the Right Environmental Consultant

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Choosing the right environmental consultant for the job is important! We at August Mack strive to meet and exceed the needs of our clients for every job we take! If you are wondering how to go about choosing the right consultant for you, take a look at these tips:

  • Understand responsibility:
    • Consider requiring the consultant to indemnify the client from errors and omissions, and ensure that the consultant has professional liability insurance.
  • Determine scope of work:
    • Make a comprehensive list of the services needed and the expected results so potential consultants can provide an accurate cost and time estimate for completing the project.
  • Research consultants:
    • Research and compile a list of potential consultants from online resources, industry trade organizations, and references from colleagues.
  • Request proposals:
    • Send a request for proposals (RFP) to several consultants who appear qualified.
  • Review proposals:
    • Keep in mind questions such as:
      • Has the consultant worked on similar projects?
      • How much work does the consultant subcontract, and who are the subcontractors?
      • Is the consultant knowledgeable about federal, state, and local environmental laws and rules?
      • How well does the consultant communicate in writing?
      • Is the consultant insured and, if necessary, bonded?
      • Is the consultant currently involved or has the consultant ever been involved in lawsuits regarding work performance?
  • Conduct interviews:
    • Identify the most qualified consultants, and conduct interviews to clarify their proposals and meet the individuals who will be working on the project.
  • Check references:
    • Checking references is an important part of the selection process. Before choosing a consultant, it is critical to talk with businesses the consultant cites as references.

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Post Date: 2/9/2018

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