If you manage construction projects or own a construction company, you do what you can to keep your projects going on time and within the parameters of your preset budget. You also likely recognize that disputes and missteps can quickly derail a project, so you do what you can to prevent issues.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in the U.S. totaled 1,825.7 billion in January of 2023. Since there is often a lot at stake during construction projects, the following strategies can help you prevent construction-related disputes from becoming major issues.
Establish clear contracts
When you start a new construction project, write out a contract that clearly defines the scope of the project, expectations for the project and other details. Stick to this contract throughout your project.
Rely on a risk management strategy
A proper risk management strategy can help you prevent disputes from occurring. Identify major risks that will affect the outcome of your construction project, such as materials, staffing or other contractors, and collaboratively work with other parties to develop a proactive solution.
Expressing concerns early on can keep minor misunderstandings from becoming larger disputes. When someone brings a concern to you, shift and adapt your approach to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Although these strategies can help prevent a major misunderstanding that leads to a larger dispute on your construction site, this is now always possible. If you find yourself entangled in a larger legal issue, take steps to protect the interests of your company and your current project.