Construction disputes can be distressing for all involved. Oftentimes, they can be avoided if the parties involved are proactive about their approaches.
If you’re about to undertake a project, these are some of the steps you can take from the outset of a project to reduce the chance of your situation ending in a dispute.
Put everything in writing
Many disputes arise because two parties remember a conversation that they had differently from each other. If you document all the agreements you make, you and the other parties involved in your project will have a clear record to refer to in the case of uncertainty.
If you are a busy contractor, you might not feel you have time to explain everything to a client. If you are a client, you might also be busy or feel embarrassed to ask too many questions. While a certain amount of trust in the other party is crucial to any contractual relationship, the more each party understands what the other is saying, the less likely it will be that misunderstandings will occur and lead to a dispute.
A contractor should be able to determine how long a particular project will take and what it will cost to do properly. Promising to do it faster or cheaper to get the work, or because the client pressures them, is unlikely to turn out well for either side. Likewise, clients need to avoid pushing contractors too hard.
Stay in regular contact
A lot can change fast on a construction project. Regular updates can keep everyone informed, allowing each party to discuss and iron out minor issues before they become major problems.
If you find yourself in a difficult situation over a construction contract, it’s wise to seek legal help sooner rather than later. Early intervention could help you resolve the situation before it escalates.