Services

Whether you are a homeowner or builder, continual maintenance of your building is of utmost importance to avoid catastrophic repairs. No matter where you are located, the Building Consultant is always willing to adapt his large array of services and skilled consulting abilities according to your specific needs.


Homeowners

Mark is well known for chiming his proverb, “Become a student of your home.” Knocking on wood doesn’t cut it when your home’s maintenance is concerned. Odd smells, pesky leaks, and warping wood are usually the tip of the iceberg — indicative of a much bigger building performance problem. Take a look at the services Mark provides to homeowners to protect their largest investment.

Homeowners Q&A

Building Envelope Assessments

Starts at $795 (Includes up to 4 hours and Detailed Report. See Rates for more information.)

After Mark scrutinizes a home for problems while taking notes and pictures of defects, he will prepare a detailed assessment report with all of the building’s inadequacies. Not only will Mark identify the problem, but he will also explain why the defect exists, give an example of how the construction can be mended and outline the manufacturer’s original specifications.

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Construction Oversight

Mark offers oversight during construction to ensure building codes are being met and no corners are being cut. He can be hired on an hourly basis on behalf of a builder or a homeowner.

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Expert Witness

$220 per hour. (4-hour minimum. Time on call billed.)

Due to Mark’s invaluable expertise, he has served as an expert witness in a large number of construction-related cases.

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Microbial Analysis

Mark will conduct a microbial analysis to identify any harmful microbial contamination generally resulting from mold and bacteria. This involves a sampling and laboratory analysis to determine the extent and severity of your home’s contamination.

Rates for this service are dependent on scope.

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Thermography Scan

Mark will conduct a thermographic inspection to measure surface temperatures with an infrared camera to record the temperature variations of the building’s skin. This process will help Mark determine whether there is an adequate amount of insulation to prevent moisture intrusion. This can be done to an interior or exterior of a building.

Rates for this service are dependent on scope.

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Walk + Talk Service

$325 (Includes up to 2 hours with the owner present. No report filed.)

In order to properly maintain your home, you need to become a student of your home. The Building Consultant will walk by your side and critique your home’s building aspects, giving you valuable knowledge so you can be aware of any points of concern. Mark will examine any animal damage, peeling siding, roof-flashing leakage, any form of moisture intrusion and more. In this service, the owner will be responsible to take their own notes of Mark’s observations.

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Builders

Builders who take shortcuts to save money end up paying for it in the long run. Costly liability repairs eat away at profits and damaged reputations are seldom repaired. With his wide variety of services, The Building Consultant can help your business do things right the first time by equipping your team with the knowledge of correct application details and material choices.

Builders Q&A

Building Envelope Assessments - Starts at $795

(Includes up to 4 hours and Detailed Report. See Rates for more information.)

You need to minimize future callbacks and avoid costly rework. After seeing the blueprints for new construction or the structure in need of repair, Mark will give recommendations on how to properly install materials in question, explain vital exterior detailing and review accurate installation. His assessments include specific captioned photos and a detailed narrative explanation.

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On-Site Training

Price quoted on an individual basis

On-site training is a valuable tool that will equip your crew with knowledge that will carry into every future job. Mark will conduct periodic reviews of your site to solidify a high level of craftsmanship.

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Seminars

Price quoted on an individual basis

After attending Mark’s seminar, your crew will have the means and motivation for optimal construction. Mark has spoken as a moisture intrusion expert at the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Des Moines, the HBA’s Remodelers Council, the Iowa Roofing Contractors Association (IRCA), and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) of Iowa. He was a featured speaker at the “Law of Construction Defects and Failures” seminar for continuing education to attorneys, architects, engineers, and contractors.

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Walk + Talk Service

$325 (Includes up to 2 hours with the owner present. No report filed.)

In order to properly maintain your home, you need to become a student of your home. The Building Consultant will walk by your side and critique your home’s building aspects, giving you valuable knowledge so you can be aware of any points of concern. Mark will examine any animal damage, peeling siding, roof-flashing leakage, any form of moisture intrusion and more. In this service, the owner will be responsible to take their own notes of Mark’s observations.

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Thermography Scan

Mark will conduct a thermographic inspection to measure surface temperatures with an infrared camera to record the temperature variations of the building’s skin. This process will help Mark determine whether there is an adequate amount of insulation to prevent moisture intrusion. This can be done to an interior or exterior of a building.

Rates for this service are dependent on scope.

Purchase

Microbial Analysis

Mark will conduct a microbial analysis to identify any harmful microbial contamination generally resulting from mold and bacteria. This involves a sampling and laboratory analysis to determine the extent and severity of your home’s contamination.

Rates for this service are dependent on scope.

Purchase

Expert Witness

$220 per hour. (4-hour minimum. Time on call billed.)

Due to Mark’s invaluable expertise, he has served as an expert witness in a large number of construction-related cases.

Purchase

Construction Oversight

Mark offers oversight during construction to ensure building codes are being met and no corners are being cut. He can be hired on an hourly basis on behalf of a builder or a homeowner.

Purchase

Rates

Don’t take our word about Mark’s vast experience. Just ask his competitors. Though many other building agencies dislike Mark finding faults in their construction, they still recognize his skill. Other builders will even refer to him when they encounter a construction difficulty beyond their level of expertise. "The fact that we receive referrals from competitors," Patti Parlee observes, "says a lot about Mark’s presence in the business."

Minimum rate and engagement for the Des Moines metro area:
$795, includes four hours total Site and Reporting time. Additional time billed at rates below.

Travel time and expense added.

Additional time is at $165/hr. onsite
$125/hr. office: research, detailed reporting
Office staff: Accounting, Billing, Records, $75/hr.
Project correction monitoring and documentation at site rate port to port

$220/hr. expert witness 4 hr. minimum:
Deposition, court testimony, attorney prep meetings
Time on call billed

Case Review and Opinion:
To be determined.

Travel time: at Office consulting rate.

Walk & Talk $325: Up to 2 hours onsite with owner along. Owner takes their own notes of observations made. No report is issued.

Thermography scan and microbial analysis available.
Rates for these services are additional and dependent on scope.

Any materials used in the course of work or forensic testing will be billed. We operate from a retainer to be determined on a per case basis.

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