Why Hire a Construction Manager
(In addition to a general contractor)


Many people enter into construction contracts with general contractors, and all goes well for the property owner. However, often that is not the case. Sometimes things go wrong. The reason is fairly simple. Conflicts exist between the property owner and the general contractor that are not always obvious, and these conflicts can result in serious, costly disputes. Most of these conflicts can be eliminated or minimized by hiring a construction manager. Some of the conflicts that exist between a general contractor and the property owner include.

  1. The construction contract document proposed by most contractors is one-sided. Most are written by attorneys to favor their client, not you, the property owner. An attorney can assist you in negotiating a fair contract but may not have any construction or construction industry experience which is essential to fully protecting the property owner.
  2. Many general contractors request substantially more money than is justified for the amount of work completed. Most owners do not have the construction knowledge or experience to prevent a contractor from placing the owner at financial risk by taking and using the owners' funds for purposes other than paying for the work already completed.
  3. Most owners do not have the knowledge or experience to challenge contractors when conditions change during construction requiring changes to the original contract Contractors can easily take unfair advantage of owners after the roof, siding, or windows have been removed and newly discovered wood or other damage has been discovered justifying the demand for more money.
  4. Sometimes contractors will advise property owners that certain building components are no longer available requiring a substitution. Sometimes the substituted items save the contractor money while providing the owner with inferior products. Most owners do not have the experience to protect themselves when faced with a demand by the contractor for more money.
  5. Sometimes general contractors. receive payments and then fail to pay their material suppliers and subcontractors which results in liens being recorded against the owner's property. A construction manager minimizes such a possibility.


The services of a construction manager can be obtained for construction jobs of all sizes. Fees can be based on an hourly charge, a monthly charge, or a fixed amount.

Contact Michael Chulak at 818-991-9019 with any questions. Michael became licensed as a general contractor in 1979 and has been responsible for the construction of several residential buildings from the ground up, plus numerous smaller projects.

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