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Are you not happy with the specification
of the job that’s been done for you?
Specifications related to a building include plans, elevations, and items to be used in the project. It lays down the parameters of how the building would be constructed. The list of specifications renders clarity to the project, and fix expectations.
Usually, the homeowner decides on the specifications or approves the list of specifications drawn up by the architect and designer. Such specifications are included in the building contract and form the basis of the construction agreement with the builder.Disputes over the scope of work, as represented by the specifications and the accompanying plan, is of the most common type of dispute associated with construction projects.
Disputes related to specifications usually take place between the general contractor or subcontractor and the owner. At times, the dispute may be between contractors and design professionals who interpret specification related documents differently. Different interpretations creep up when the specifications are ambiguous in some instances, or when plans run contradictory to specifications.
When an aspect of the specification may be vague, it leads to different interpretation and expectation-mismatch between the builder and homeowner. At times, the builder may deviate from the specification when the work is executed, owing to practical difficulties, technical limitations, or even plain oversight.
Any building project usually comes with an implied warranty from the building owner regarding the accuracy and technical soundness of the specifications. Disputes may arise when the owner tries to shift the responsibility to the contractor, and the contractor, in turn, tries to invoke the implied warranty.
After you’ve found out the why’s it’s time to look at your rights as a homeowner. This is where your contract comes in handy. You should have signed a contract prior to any work commencing which details the specifications. In this document, you may also find information as to what happens should the job not run to spec. Read through the contract, or have a lawyer assist you with this to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
Have you completed a job and decisions customers have made have impacted your costs?
This saying certainly runs true when it comes to attempting to fix and figure out the reasons behind overrun projects.
The best place to start is by communicating with the project manager and builders who are working on the project. Calmly and politely ask them about the issues that they have been facing.
What has slowed down their project and work?
How can they help to speed things up?
What do they need?
You’ll often find them to be both helpful and honest in their answers.
Building work Mediation plays a huge role in successfully helping with overrun job contracts. It will typically involve both parties sitting down with a knowledgeable mediator. If you’re having an issue communicating with your project manager or builders, then this is the best way to go. Mediators have the tools and skills to be able to quickly resolve issues in the most efficient manner. Although a mediation service will come with an extra fee, it will be sure to save you plenty of time and money in the long run.
It’s worth noting what you can do to prevent the time-consuming issue of jobs overrunning in the future. The first is to really work with a company that you know and trust.
Perhaps you can get reviews from friends and family and from people who have done a good job for them in the past.
You should also ensure all of the correct documentation is in order, and that any contracts have a clause which states what will happen in the event that a job does overrun. Finally, all payment methods should be secure and in place so that the project can quickly get off the ground and there are no delays.
Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to resolving job overrun issues and preventing new ones. Good luck.