How to choose a consultant by Gary Henkin, BS, and Jennifer Jacobs, MS
Imagine you are preparing to spend millions of dollars on the development or renovation of a new lifestyle center, fitness/wellness facility, recreation clubhouse or spa, and you are scratching your head wondering where to begin. You finally decide a consultant may be required. However, your impression of consultants is on par with “vultures,” looking to prey upon the vulnerable and confused. Sound familiar?
In reality, the right consultant can provide you with valuable assistance in the feasibility, design, preopening and management of your facility. The selection of a consultant, therefore, is a critical decision—one that can ultimately impact the success or failure of your project. Hiring a qualified consultant who has the depth of experience and expertise required for your project will likely save you time, money and numerous headaches. Choosing the wrong consultant can result in project delays, expenses and organizational chaos. Through proper planning, research, thorough interviewing and active engagement in the selection process, you will increase your odds of creating a relationship with a consultant that will help you build the foundation for your new facility’s success.