Tips for Hiring the Right Civil Engineering Firm

January 3, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

Civil engineering is one of the most important careers in the world. We’re responsible for designing, planning and building basically everything you rely on. We take on jobs big and small and help build things that stand the test of time.

Some examples of projects that civil engineers work on include residential subdivisions, multi-family communities, storm water drainage systems, water distribution systems, erosion control plans in Georgia and much more.

When you’re looking for a civil engineer to assist with your project, you’re looking for someone to work side by side with you, and provide the necessary expertise to help your project hold up for years to come. Given that it’s such an important decision, here are some tips for choosing the ideal civil engineering company for your project.

Find a company with experience with a project similar to yours

Civil engineering is such a large field that the most important thing you should look for when hiring a civil engineering company is a firm with experience with projects like yours. There’s no substitute for experience, and while most civil engineering companies will have the technical knowhow for just about any project you send their way, the more experience a company has on similar projects, the less likely it is that they’ll hit a snag or unforeseen slowdown.

Find someone with excellent land-use knowledge

Much of a civil engineer’s job involves making sure that land is properly used and not unduly damaged or changed by a project. A good civil engineer should be able to look at your land and easily visualize your project and how the land should be used.

Check their reviews and their certification

Doing a background check on a company used to involve a lot of asking around for references. These days it is as simple as doing a few Google searches. Make sure to thoroughly vet your potential engineering company. Make sure their reviews online are largely positive, and verify that they have all the required certifications and are fully insured. Anything less, and you’re working with subpar professionals.

Compare prices

Finally, compare prices. Obviously pricing is going to be a huge factor in your final decision, but odds are, the lowest bid isn’t going to be from the best company for your job. If a company gives you an outrageously low figure, make sure you check for loopholes, as this might be too good to be true. Unfortunately, many companies purposely underbid and then renegotiate later when it becomes clear the scope of the project is beyond their original quote. This can end up really costing you in the long run, so make sure you do your homework.

If you’re looking for a civil engineering company to assist with land planning or erosion control plans in Georgia, please give us a call today at Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc. We’ve been in business since 1946 and have more collective civil engineering experience than anyone in the area. We’re fully insured and certified, and can handle just about anything you might throw at us. Give us a call today for your consultation and estimate.

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