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Have you had a building job overrun and it’s cost you money or inconvenience?
So you’ve hired a team to build a new home extension, or perhaps you’re installing a pool in your garden. Either way, these types of projects can easily, and often do, overrun the estimated completion time. Not only is this frustrating, but it can also be costly too. Read on to find out what you can do in the event of a project over running in time.
Let’s first take a look at the main reasons why a job may overrun. The first common issue is that there has not been enough manpower to complete the job. Perhaps some builders didn’t show up, maybe some took sick days – this can all result in the project being behind schedule.
Another issue is poor planning during the bid stage. Perhaps the people you chose to work with greatly underestimated the amount of work needed and how long it would take. In some instances, the project manager may have intentionally shortened the project completion process in order to secure your bid, and then hit you with additional charges at a later date.
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 detailed the project length and cost. In this document, you may also find information as to what happens should the job overrun. Typically this will be an additional cost for labour. 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.