Construction litigation is a serious concern for many home and business owners. Having these projects completed often requires that they put up a considerable sum of money. Unfortunately, they don’t always go from start to finish seamlessly. Most people know to expect some issues with a construction project, but they don’t expect serious or constant issues to creep up.
There are many factors that can lead to construction litigation. It is imperative that anyone who is going to undertake one of these projects knows about the more common ones so they can try to avoid them.
One of the primary issues that leads to construction litigation is when there are problems with the contract. The contract terms should be spelled out clearly and include as much information as possible. You should review it to determine what methods are used to resolve disputes. This can make a big difference on the options that you have if there are issues with the job that the contractor isn’t willing to correct.
Subpar materials or workmanship
Another issue that can sometimes cause issues is poor workmanship or subpar materials. All construction projects should use suitable materials and the job should be completed by someone who knows how to do the work necessary. When there are issues that stem from either of these problems, the entire project can easily be delayed. In some cases, the entire structure will be unsafe until the issues are corrected.
Issues with project scope
The scope of the project is a big factor in how long it will take to complete and how much it is going to cost. Before the project commences, the contractor and client must fully understand exactly what needs to be done. There are cases that might involve changing the scope of the project; however, this must be done mutually and within the confines of the contract. In fact, updating the contract might be necessary to include the new scope.
Many contractors will attempt to correct the issues with a project so that they can have a satisfied client since most of them rely heavily on word-of-mouth advertising. When the contractor refuses to make good on the terms of the contract, you might decide to move forward with your legal options. This is usually done in an attempt to either have the defects corrected, to obtain compensation for monetary damages or both.