Often disputes and Claims arise on construction projects because of misunderstandings. (Avoiding disputes on your construction project.) Why are there misunderstandings? Well usually because of poor communication. This may be because information isn't provided, or the information is incomplete, or there is conflicting information. Sometimes the Contractor in their haste to construct the project has not taken the time to fully interpret the information provided, or perhaps search for missing information. The problem could even be within the Contractor's team where information has not been passed to those doing the work. (the importance of good communication on projects)
Whatever the case, misunderstanding the information provided, or interpreting the information incorrectly, or making the wrong assumptions when there is conflicting or incomplete information, could be very costly for the Contractor, resulting in delays and work being redone.
Asking Questions May Avoid Mistakes
Often Contractors assume something incorrectly, leading them to make mistakes that a simple question could have avoided.
Lack of Clarity When Pricing Construction Projects
Sometimes Contractors make errors when they price construction projects. They incorrectly assumed something resulting in them pricing a project too low, or submitting a construction schedule which isn't achievable. Unfortunately sometimes information provided by the Client for pricing the project is incomplete, or unclear. Some critical project information could even be missing.
The contractor should not assume anything when pricing a construction project.
Wrong Assumptions Lead to Expensive Construction Errors
Never assume anything. Query things which you are unsure of, or which don't look right. No question is stupid, but mistakes are stupid and cost money. Take a little extra time to check what you are doing is correct.
Contractor's have a duty to ask questions.
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