Are your construction purchase orders correct?
Have you ordered a product only to find it hasn’t arrived when expected, it wasn’t exactly what you thought you had ordered, or there were additional extra costs that you had to pay? In construction the same often happens. Materials arrive late, are delivered to the wrong address, come in the wrong quantity or are of the wrong specifications. The contractor often suffers delays and additional costs. How can we avoid these problems?
Construction projects require materials and equipment which the contractor purchases from suppliers. Smaller items may be purchased from local shops, or suppliers, and are usually paid for at the time or are put on account. Major items, or items in large quantities, are ordered with purchase orders which are basically a promissory note to pay for a particular item when it’s delivered, or within a period of time after its delivery. Sometimes a deposit is paid for the item before it’s delivered. What’s written on these purchase orders should specify exactly what you want, when you want it and how much it will cost. Get it wrong and you may receive the wrong item, or the right item at the wrong time, or you may end up paying more than you bargained for!
Ensuring the purchase order is correct
Unfortunately some construction purchase orders are poorly written which results in the supplier delivering the wrong item, or delivering the items to the wrong address or at the wrong time. Sometimes the price isn’t clear or what’s included in the quoted price isn’t included on the order. This can lead to misunderstandings, additional costs and even delays to your project.
If you issue an order to the supplier it should:
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