Construction projects are complicated and have many moving parts. Whether it’s the employees coming and going, the revolving door of materials, supplies, and equipment entering and exiting the property, or unforeseen events arising midway through a project.
The construction industry can be “controlled chaos” and the professionals must always “expect the unexpected.” As Pinellas County construction attorneys, we know that this is why it’s always important to have a well-written contract in place before beginning work on a project.
Knowledgeable Pinellas County Construction Attorneys
When a project is underway, there are countless contracts that impact everyone. The most obvious one is the contract between the owner and the general contractor; however, the contractor must also have separate agreements with the subcontractors and the subcontractors must have agreements with the sub-subcontractors as well. Of course, all of these agreements need to align with each other.
Without the right Pinellas County construction attorney to review your legal documents, this could leave you in an unfavorable position if something goes awry. Here are a few examples of the vital details that need to be featured in your contract.
Deadlines: Delays transpire on the vast majority of projects. When delays inevitably compromise the completion date of a project, the contractor needs protective clauses in place to avoid financial responsibility and other liability claims.
Change Orders: If the design needs adjustments because of a serious flaw or building materials or equipment rentals significantly increase the budget, the contractor needs the right provisions in place to request a contract amendment via a change order.
Force Majeure: When acts of God transpire like a hurricane damaging the project, the contractor needs to ensure that they are not considered responsible for that delay and also granted an extension of time.
Unforeseen Events: When unexpected elements arise like asbestos in the insulation, inadequate soil to build on, or a need to relocate the wiring or plumbing, the contractor needs to ensure that they are not fiscally responsible for the additional work.
Funding: If the project runs into some financial restraints and the lender is delayed on offering support, the contracting parties need to have already predetermined who is responsible for payments in their contract.
Construction Lawyers That Review Contracts
With over 100 years of combined experience, the Pinellas County construction attorneys of Cotney Construction Law have experience drafting, reviewing, and revising a broad spectrum of legal documents. We also offer fixed pricing for drafting these legal documents, so you know the final price in advance.
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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.