Construction projects can have a widely varied scope from a home remodel to erecting a brand-new building from the ground up. No matter the size of the project, there are numerous scenarios when the developers, contractors, subcontractors or property owners might find themselves at odds. Whether it is a residential construction project or a commercial construction project, there are common disputes that might arise.
While the dispute might largely rely on the type of project, there are four construction issues that can arise no matter the scope of the development:
- Disputes regarding the quality of construction: During the project, it is not uncommon for conflict to arise centered on the quality of work being provided.
- Disputes regarding the quality of materials: While the plans might specify the types of materials being used, the contractors and subcontractors have a great deal of flexibility in certain areas. Ultimately, there might be a conflict over the quality of materials that were chosen and used in the construction project.
- Disputes regarding delays and missed milestones: A detailed construction contract often includes certain milestones that must be hit and a timeline that must be followed. When the project begins to deviate from this path, conflict can arise. This can be due to supply chain issues, weather problems or property owners changing the scope of the project.
- Disputes regarding payment: It is likely that any of the above issues can ultimately result in a payment conflict. Even if all work is completed according to the agreed-upon contract, the property owner might withhold payment, which will trigger a legal dispute.
Construction disputes can have a devastating impact on worker morale. The project might stall during the dispute while the various parties pursue a legal remedy. No matter what your position and responsibilities during the construction project, it is wise to take steps to protect yourself at every turn.