Drive down any interstate and you will see that billboards advertising lawyers are typically as common as grains of sand at a beach. Everywhere you look, there they are, on bus stops and benches. In Florida, you know who’s “for the people,” who’s a Harvard Law graduate, who are aggressive attorneys, who wishes you a Merry Christmas along with her entire family. You can’t escape it. And you know why? Because everyone and their mother loves to sue. Someone fell or got otherwise hurt? Sing it with me…”Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting ling-ah-ling too! Come on, it’s lovely weather to get served with a lawsuit or two!”
On a construction site, there are too many potential risks to just hire a lot of people and hope for the best. If someone falls on your site, you could be liable. If something’s poorly constructed and it falls on someone’s head, you could be liable. A contract dispute with sub-contractors? You could be liable. See a recurring theme?
How an Owner’s Representative can help you cover your bases
If you’re in the marketing business, you know a lot about marketing. If you’re in the accounting business, you know a lot about taxes and numbers. If you’re in the restaurant industry, you know about wholesale providers and how to cater to patrons with great service. But how often does one person know all of the nuances of another field they’ve never worked in?
When you’re planning a construction project, you’re thinking about how it’s going to help your business move forward. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who would sit to ponder all the ways they could get sued if things go wrong during construction.
An experienced Owner’s Representative (OR) is going to have established relationships with contractors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians. You name the profession, and they know who in town works in compliance with OSHA, applicable statutes, and adheres to the highest industry standards. So instead of having to do due diligence on every single person who’ll work on your project, you do it for your OR and you’re set.
Now, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows once you pick out an Owner’s Representative. You have to make sure you’re hiring the right person, because if they mess up, as your agent, you may be on the hook. At InVision Advisors, we’ve been working in the industry for almost two decades, which means we know every insider within construction. Contact us to see what we can do for you.