Construction disputes can damage important client relationships and open up construction companies to potential liability. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of a construction dispute from happening. In this brief article, we’ll provide you with some tips to avoid future construction disputes. For a legal professional who can represent you and your best interests during the course of a construction dispute, contact a Nashville construction dispute attorney.
Establish Realistic Expectations
While it might be tempting to overpromise clients with quick turnaround times and low prices in an effort to impress them, setting unrealistic expectations can make it more difficult to follow through on contract terms. Instead, establish realistic expectations for when project phases will be completed and how much it will cost. Be prepared to add some wiggle room to account for possible delays in your plan.
Document Work Progress
Creating a daily work log that documents the progress on a project can be an invaluable tool if a client asks what exactly has your company completed toward their project. In the event that a client claims you breached your contract, you will have access to a thorough record of when things were finished. There are software programs available that might make it easier to document the work progress by sending team members automatic reminders to fill out the report.
Negotiate Contract Terms in Advance
It is much better to negotiate contract terms in advance than to have to change terms later. For instance, if you quote a client a certain amount, it is important to clarify, in detail, what this amount covers and do your best not to change it. Honoring your contract is easier if you properly negotiate all the terms in advance.
Maintain Professionalism in Written Communication
It is too easy to become overly casual in written communication, such as emails and text messages. However, it is generally a better idea to stay as formal and professional as possible. Written communication can later be used as evidence in a trial or arbitration. You do not want to imply anything in writing that you do not mean to back up.
Closely Follow Contract Terms
Once the contract is signed and the project started, it is imperative to have both parties closely follow contract terms. This includes ensuring that milestone payments are paid on time. You can improve confidence in the legally binding nature of the contract by showing your clients that you take both sides of the contract seriously.
Not all construction disputes are avoidable. By following these tips, you might be able to avoid some of them. If you have questions about construction disputes, contact a Nashville construction dispute lawyer from Cotney Construction Law.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.