Selecting and Hiring an Acoustical Consultant
It is important to
select a consultant that specializes in the area of acoustics that meets the needs
of your particular project (see specialty descriptions on home page). It is also
important to consider education, references, and experience. You will most likely
want to request information from the consultant in order to verify high standards
in these areas. Each of the certifying organizations for acoustical consultants
has their own high standards. For this reason you may want to consider a member
of one such organization. However, this is not to say that non-members do not
meet appropriate standards. The following step by step process gives a typical
process in securing the services of an acoustical consultant:
- The first
step is to select a consultant using the guidelines established above. In most
cases it is highly desirable to select a consultant in your area. To search for
a consultant in your area you can use the Acoustics.com
- The next step would be to contact the consultant
by phone or email and describe the particular project that you will require services
for. At this time you may also want to ask the consultant what their specialties
are and if they are a member of any of the acoustical organizations.
- If the
consultant that you have contacted does not specialize in your particular area
of concern, it is advisable to ask them if they can recommend another consultant
in your area who does.
- Once you have found a potential consultant for your
project you can ask the consultant to send you a letter of introduction or a resume
showing related experience and references. You may ask more than one consultant
to provide you with this information in order to select the best consultant for
your specific needs.
- Once you have selected a consultant, you will need to
obtain a proposal. The consultant may desire a meeting at this point to further
understand the scope of work before preparing a proposal.
- Once the description
of work and fees are agreed upon, the proposal is signed and work commences.
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