Frequently projects go wrong and the contractor and the owner engage each other in lengthy and costly legal battles.
Why home construction projects end in legal disputes
Disputes may arise because:
Avoiding legal disputes on your home build and renovation project
It’s essential that:
Construction disputes are usually costly and they sometimes can drag on for years. Inevitably both you and the contractor will be out of pocket, frustrated and upset. There are frequently no winners from construction disputes.
It's important that you engage reputable contractors for your home build or home renovation project. That the contract used protects your rights and clearly sets out the scope of work, and both your and the building contractor's obligations. It's important to read and understand the contract and ensure that both you and the contractor meets their obligations.
If in doubt engage an expert to help you through the contract process.
In future articles we will look at some reasons your contractor can claim additional time and costs, and reasons they cannot claim for.
Other useful articles
14 Questions to ask your building contractor's clients
Construction Management: Resolving Disputes Effectively between Owners and Contractor
Home build and renovation contracts part 4 - Different types of contract
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'.
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