The initial consultation is an important part of the bidding process for building constructions. This is the part when you are meeting potential bidders and firms that will handle the project. Most of the time, the firms are the ones who are preparing for this meeting.
But clients also need to do their part in order to provide these bidders the information they need to draft you a solid proposal. If you are meeting with potential contractors providing architectural services and electrical engineering in UAE, here are the thing that you need to bring with you:
- Your building requirements
This is more of the technical specs and details that you need to see in the project proposal. In order to create a seamless proposal, project managers would need full details of the project from the client – from the type of building construction project down to the color of paint the client would like to see in their building space. Be sure to collate this information and send it to the prospective firms before the initial meeting.
- Your budget
This is probably one of the most important things that you need to bring to the meeting. Some architecture firms in Dubai accept projects based on the client’s budget. Do not take this the wrong way. One of the reasons they need to know is because they would like to see if it is feasible for them to give you want you want given the budget you will allot. They need to take into account a number of things like the consultation fees, labor work, cost of materials, etc. Giving them a ballpark estimate is okay, but it would be best if you can provide a specific number.
- Your time frame
Every project needs to have a deadline. When you sit down with a building contractor, emphasize your deadline. Experienced contractors and firms can give you an initial estimated time frame based on the information you will provide them. From there, you will have an idea whether they can handle the project based on your timeline.
- Your pegs and references
Most architectural firms ask their clients if they have a peg in mind. This would give them a better sense of what you like, in terms of visuals. If you can, provide them with reference to work on.
- List of questions
The initial consultation is a venue for both parties (client and prospective contractors) to voice out their concerns about the project and the proposal. As a client, it would be best to have a list of questions for your potential contractor to answer. If they can provide answers to your concerns, then they might be the right contractor for the project. This would help the decision-making and selection easier for you, especially if you are narrowing down the project bidders.