Is Your Client Causing You Additional Costs? Learn How To Effectively Handle Construction Variation Claims
Construction Claims: A Short Guide for Contractors
By Paul Netscher
Have you had a legitimate construction variation claim rejected? In the course of most construction projects, delays, variations and additional work occur, giving rise to variation claims. These variation claims can be between the owner or client and the contractor, or between the contractor and their subcontractors. Some construction project managers aren’t aware of what they are entitled to claim. Often contractors aren’t granted all the time, or money, that they are entitled to, and frequently many variation claims end in lengthy and expensive disputes where both parties end as losers.
I’ve been involved with over 120 construction projects and only a few haven’t increased in value – with some almost doubling. Indeed, some construction variation claims have been worth millions of dollars. Many of my projects also suffered delays and I claimed extension of time, sometimes for several months. Fortunately, in nearly every case, these project disruption claims were resolved and approved amicably. In most cases we received close to the full value claimed, or were granted the entire extension of time requested. Even the two cases that weren’t resolved amicably were resolved in a relatively short time, without going through the full dispute resolution processes. Furthermore, mostly we remained on good terms with our client and went on to construct several more projects for them. This book uses these real world examples to help with your construction variation, project delay and disruption claims.
“All 120 projects I’ve been involved with included Variation Claims – some for millions of dollars. Some projects doubled in value! Yet, 99% of claims were settled amicably and most of what we claimed was approved. More importantly we completed further projects with these clients.” Paul Netscher
It’s important that contractors present their construction variation claims timeously and in a fashion that’s hard to refute. In this book I look at reasons for lodging construction variation claims, project delay claims and disruption claims, the supporting documentation required to substantiate the claim, what to include in the claim, negotiating the claim, and finally avoiding variation claims.
Regrettably many construction project managers don’t understand their contractual rights and obligations. This easy to read book demystifies the construction project variation claims process, ensuring contractors are granted the extension of time and costs they’re entitled to. The book also includes sections on avoiding variation claims from clients and subcontractors
Know your rights and obligations in terms of the project contract. Make sure that you submit winning construction variation claims. Learn how to refute variation claims lodged against you.
Essential reading for every successful construction project manager.
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