Construction-ClaimAny construction project runs the risk of facing a claim, especially over delays and contracts. Navigating these situations requires a keen sense of how to gather evidence in support of your case, and it’s all too often that inexperienced crews forget to document something favor of getting things done. With these tips from Lyle Charles consulting, you’ll be able to define and analyze potential construction claims.

Identify the Type of Claim

The first step in construction claim preparation is to identify the type of claim so you know how to file the proper documentation. Here are a few examples that commonly occur in the world of construction:

Claims related to contracts are a bit different from those related to blue prints. First, documentation claims can deal with someone other than the architect. Further, blueprint changes may lead to claims over changes to the scope of the project rather changes to the blueprints themselves. Those changes could affect overtime, or lead to shop drawing that drags the process out even longer.

These minor details are important in navigating construction claims because they help identify what you need to prove your case.

Hire a Consultant

Consultants know how to investigate a claim and what to look for. They can also help prepare your crew for future disputes by training your people on how to document properly. The value of hiring a consultant comes in minimizing financial loss over the long and short term. Construction claim analysis and investigation is the best path you have to minimizing the risk you face, and most crews don’t have the time to do this on their own.

Bio: Lyle Charles is the head of Lyle Charles Consulting, and a construction expert with 40 years of experience in commercial and residential construction projects.