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How to Avoid Change Order Conflicts?

One of the most significant construction site disruptions doesn't come from the weather, unavailability of materials or broken-down equipment—it's from the client. Last-minute changes and demands of the project can turn the entire project on its ear. Preparation is the best way to protect the workflow. Even the included clause in the contract that specifies the consequences if a client makes changes after the job is underway, is even neglected and taken for granted. The exact details will depend on the project but could include things like an extended deadline and additional funding. Communication will also make a difference here. Parties should clearly address the reason why a client needs a change, and work to manage their expectations for the updated timeline and costs. Clients must also understand that changes incur additional cost from the original contract, additional tools and equipment, additional manpower, additional materials that will also add working days on the original deadline. Getting everyone involved on the same page as soon as possible can reduce the risk of bigger disputes down the line. And all this claims must be backed by sound records and facts. Approved and duly signed job quotations and plans. Its great to know that both parties should understand and collaborate on the proper process on documentation and respecting the covenants of contracts. If concerns and disputes arises, both parties shall dutifully investigates on facts and records to avoid conflicts. Still, it is best to adhere on both parties approved plans, agreements and covenants. Keeping the project on track and on time lies on both parties involved. They say proper preparation and documentation prevents poor performance, and that goes double for construction sites. These step can help avoid worksite disruptions and augment efficiency while providing an additional layer of protection to keep things running smoothly. And most importantly, the financial obligations shall be duly addressed by the client prior to implementation-by doing this we can avoid future conflicts on financial matters.

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