The Role of Owner's Representative

Home Inspector with EKAN Home Inspection CPBC #69177

As a professional engineer, a significant amount of my work is as the Owner's Representative (or OR for short) on new home construction or on major building renovations. So let's discuss what an OR does for a client.

  • The OR knows the local designers, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers and technicians. That knowledge is most useful to get the appropriate talent and services for the project. 
  • The OR deals with the service providers on the day-to-day questions where the owner's input is required, when budget-quality-schedule are pre-defined. This makes for a quick response time. Otherwise, work can be delayed for a relatively minor issue if the owner is not available to give direction.
  • The OR makes weekly site inspections for safety and progress. Concerns are identified to the contractor and followed-up.
  • The OR reviews monthly billing by the contractor and makes recommendation for their payment (or not) to the owner.
  • The OR deals with and resolves change orders to maintain progress and fair terms with the contractor.

In summary, if the owner is wants an advocate on their side, is not comfortable dealing with construction issues, is not always available to reply to contractor inquiries or is not confident in paying monthly progress payments, then hiring an Owner's Representative to manage the contractor may an option worth considering.




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EKAN Home & Property Inspections

Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, West Vancouver 

Comments (2)

Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing this.

Jan 14, 2018 02:45 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Thanks for the feedback.  In my region we have many new immigrants purchasing real estate and redeveloping their lot. Usually the work is given to an architect and general contractor to do. The owner is left to rely 100% on these suppliers. An Owner's Representative can not only ensure that the client's interests are protected but also can deal with the designer and builder on a peer-to-peer basis. The Owner's Representative acts for the owner and in the owner's best interest.

Jan 14, 2018 08:17 AM