When a general contractor begins a new project, it’s common for them to attempt to predict any unforeseen delays in the project. It’s important not only for the contractor, but for the subcontractors, developers, suppliers, and owners to have a smooth and successful project completion. Construction delays can lead to expensive disputes or lawsuits, and even a loss of a working business relationship. As Brandon construction lawyers that have years of experience handling construction delay disputes, we can offer a brief overview of what to know and avoid when it comes to delays. To view the second half of this article, please visit Part 2.
What Are Some Of The Common Construction Delays?
It’s almost unavoidable that there will be some kind of construction delay during the course of your project. All of the planning in the world and a detailed contract still doesn’t eliminate the chance of a delay.
Materials or deliveries may be late, at no fault of the contractor, or workers might fall behind schedule. If the contractor hires a plumber or electrician to work on the project and their part takes longer than planned, that could cause a significant delay.
Weather is also a common delay. Weather can be unpredictable, and delays can result from rain or snow. Droughts can cause delays with landscaping projects as well.
Experienced contractors typically know to estimate extra time in the project for late deliveries, worker scheduling, and weather issues. As your Brandon construction attorneys, we encourage you to add this extra time into your schedule before these delays happen. However, for construction delays such as owner interference, design adjustments, inadequate ground conditions, or financing issues, we recommend contacting an attorney to assist you.
How Can You Avoid Construction Delays?
The time to address delays should be before construction starts. Nevertheless, there are still a few strategies a contractor can put into effect to reduce construction delays. A contractor can: guarantee that the correct permits set in place prior to each step in the construction project, secure the correct site entry, guarantee suitable on-site security to decrease the chances of stolen materials and equipment, train all employees on proper safety rules and put into place emergency plans, promote communication between themselves, subcontractors and suppliers to maintain a schedule, promote communication between themselves and the owner, stay on top of the change orders, and hire experienced employees
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.