Protect Yourself from these Common Residential Construction Claims
Written by: Lyle Charles
You can protect yourself from the most common construction claims and avoid costly legal battles.
Hiring a construction consultant might seem excessive when you’re just adding a room to your space, but considering the complexity of that additional room. You’ll need to get permits from the city, find and hire an architectural firm and draw up plans that you actually like, and will fit into the layout of your home. If that sounds overwhelming, then this guide will help ground you and prepare you for the road ahead.
The most common construction claims management cases involve contracts. Most of the time, contracts are poorly written or they promise a scope of work that falls short of what is needed. There may be other elements involved as well, such as supply shortages or delays in the time it takes to meet with city inspectors. Those kinds of problems will result in downtime, which is another kind of claim workers can file against you.
Construction is an extremely tightly run ship. Workers who work under a general contractor usually have to do the jobs within a set amount of time before another job occurs. If your job doesn’t remain on schedule, their other jobs get set back. The result is downtime, scheduling mishaps and worse.
The best way to avoid all of that is to try and settle on the scope of work you need ahead of time. Meet with a steel fabrication expert and get the information you need to order materials. A construction advisor will be indispensible while you’re seeking permits and looking for an architect.
If you’re thinking you can skip all this, be aware: you’re putting your family at great risk building a room that hasn’t been properly engineered. In addition, you can run into problems trying to sell the home.
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