Summary: Disputes in the construction industry are extremely common. However, with the aid of technology, these claims can be ultimately settled much quicker.
Disputes often arise because construction project managers and other parties are not as willing to compromise and use money to address glaring issues. Therefore, these claims tend to proceed to court.
This article is designed to list some of the common types of conflicts that occur in the construction industry and how technology can be utilized to relieve some of the pressure.
Types of Projects and Claims
Disputes over the contract scope of work are some of the most significant areas of dispute in the construction industry. These disputes generally occur between the owner and the general contractor or subcontractor. Because contractors look at blueprints and the project differently, the owner may see a different vision than what the team is building, especially when plans or specifications are unclear or ambiguous.
Often, there is an implied warranty on the part of the owner that the plans are made clear, accurate, and buildable. However, there are almost always exculpatory clauses within the contract where the owner can shift the responsibility to the contractor. This is where construction consulting services can come into play.
Disputes over change orders and extra work can come down to the change order price and whether the contractor is entitled to more time. Frequently, the owner can request pricing for the work but then disagree with the extension request, thus limiting the contractor’s ability to proceed.
This common situation may leave parties fighting over the amount at the end of the project. Unfortunately, the impact of claim of this manner must wait until the project is completed to determine the overall impact of the changes. It is wise to hire an expert like Lyle Charles of Lyle Charles Consulting for example to help your case.