Frequently construction projects end in long and acrimonious disputes which can be costly, consume large amounts of time and energy, and which sometimes drag on long after the project construction work is complete. These disputes may end inconclusively with no winners - except perhaps the lawyers.
These disputes occur between clients/owners and contractors, between contractors and their subcontractors and suppliers.
In my last article Avoiding Construction Disputes I mentioned that I had resolved hundreds, probably more than a thousand, variation claims (change orders) with my clients amicably and without declaring a dispute.
Some recent examples of disputes
So how can we prevent disputes on our construction projects?
How contractors can avoid construction disputes
Contractors can avoid disputes if:
How clients and owners can avoid construction disputes
Employers can avoid disputes by:
Collaboration between contractors and the client or owner, collaboration between contractors and their subcontractors, a team effort can lead to a successful construction project for all. Good communication is essential to successful projects. Aiming for a project that is a win for everyone, rather than a winner take all approach.
It is possible to avoid construction disputes.
Other useful articles:
Why owners sometimes employ the wrong contractor
Are your subcontractors profitable? Should you care?
what makes a good client?
This article is from the webinar Avoiding Construction Disputes by the author and information included in author's book Construction Claims: A Short Guide for Contractors.
This easy to read book demystifies the claims (change order) processes ensuring entitlements are claimed. Learn when you can claim, how to make claims compelling, and the supporting documentation required to win. Your eyes will be opened to numerous events, costs and impacts. Knowing some of these tips could dramatically improve profits and avoid time consuming acrimonious disputes.
Also included is advice for contractors to avoid and defend claims from employers and subcontractors.
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