Whether you're a contractor or a developer, construction disputes are messy -- and, quite potentially, expensive. While it's always better to avoid them, they're bound to happen if you're involved in the industry for any length of time.
One of the most horrific construction fails in recent memory involved the collapse of the Florida International University Bridge on March 15, 2018. A total of six people was killed and eight more were injured.
A cannabis company signed a 10-year lease and put $1.2 million into property renovations and construction on the site of its new Miami Beach marijuana dispensary -- and then had its final building permit abruptly denied because the new dispensary would be roughly 100 feet from an existing dispensary.
Even well-planned construction projects can have issues -- and any kind of problem can cost both money and time. That's why it's important to be well-informed and proactive about preventing them.
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, disputes with your contractor can happen. Fortunately, there are always solutions. However, some are definitely easier than others.
Disputes with a subcontractor can be costly, time-consuming and damaging to the reputation of your construction business. That's why it's far better to try to avoid conflicts in the first place -- at least, as much as possible.
Change orders are every contractor's nightmare. While some can be easily resolved, others end up throwing both parties into battle over the associated costs and delays.
A defective work claim is one of the most common sources of conflict during construction. Property owners are understandably upset when they find out that their new home suffers from a serious construction defect that is going to be expensive -- if not impossible -- to fix.
A mechanic's lien is essentially a tool used in debt collection by contractors and subcontractors when the bills for a construction project have gone unpaid.
A lot of disputes with contractors start out small. They end up turning into something big because people aren't sure how to handle the issue. They'll either delay talking to the contractor (which can give a relatively minor problem time to morph into a really huge problem) or approach the contractor in a way that creates unnecessary hostility.