Pre-Arrival Consultation

When planning a construction project, you must understand every aspect of what you’re getting yourself into. The last thing you want to do is get started on something without understanding all the details involved, like who will be responsible for the various tasks or how much those tasks will cost. A pre-arrival consultation with your contractor can help you fully prepare for your upcoming project and ensure everything goes smoothly once construction begins, from building permits to initial site work.

What is a pre-arrival consultation?

A pre-arrival consultation is a meeting with the contractor before construction begins. The goal is to ensure that the homeowner and contractor are on the same page about what will be built, how it will be done, and what it will cost. It’s also an opportunity for the homeowner to ask questions about the project before starting.

A pre-arrival consultation allows both parties to go into construction with their expectations aligned and set, so there are no surprises or disagreements later on when things go differently than planned.

Pre-arrival consultation can help you save time and money while ensuring the safety of everyone on the site during construction, including your workers and the property owners in the area.

Why is it important?

Construction projects have many phases and can be difficult to navigate. A pre-arrival consultation is the first step in the construction process, where we meet with you to understand what you are trying to achieve. This enables us to plan the project from start to finish, which is why it’s so important. If you are considering a new construction project or renovations, contact us for your free pre-arrival consultation today!

What are the benefits?

A pre-arrival consultation is an essential step that takes place before construction begins. It allows the contractor and the client to discuss their expectations, plan for contingencies, and clarify any concerns. A pre-arrival consultation allows clients to get to know their contractors and contractors and establish themselves as dependable professionals.

For example, at the pre-appointment meeting, you can work with your contractor on scoping out the project so there will be no surprises when it comes to installation. A pre-arrival consultation also establishes trust between both parties so that if something goes wrong during construction, you are less likely to get angry or frustrated as easily because you know you’re working with someone with your best interests at heart.

How to make sure you have a successful consultation

A pre-arrival consultation with your contractor is the best way to ensure you know what to expect and will help streamline the process. Here are some things to consider when scheduling this meeting:

  • What is the scope of work?
  • Which pieces of equipment will need to be rented or purchased?
  • What will be the proposed timeline for completion?
  • What about permits, inspections, or insurance?
  • Who is my contact person on site, and how do I get in touch with them
  • What considerations need to be made for power, water, and waste disposal?
  • How much does this project cost, and how can I budget accordingly?


Pre-arrival consultation is one way to ensure that your construction project goes smoothly from start to finish. It’s also important for you as the property owner because it allows you to communicate with your contractor about any changes or fine details that need to be incorporated into the project.

Without this meeting, there is no way for the team building your home to know what needs to be done beforehand.

Pre-arrival consultations are typically scheduled before construction begins on site and are led by an industry expert who can answer any questions you may have and provide advice on what should be included in your preconstruction documents.