Which procedures should you have in place for construction dispute avoidance?

Disputes can arise for a number of reasons at various stages in a project. Even the smallest ones can prove to be very costly to resolve and result in big delays. Fortunately there is an array of things you can do to avoid issues.

One of the most important steps in construction dispute avoidance is to have clear contract documentation. This is absolutely vital and can provide great additional security. A number of disputes can arise as a result of ambiguity in the documents or a lack of clear contracts.

Before moving on to the tendering stage you should ensure that all documentation is in place to explain details of the project and requirements. The contracts should set out payment schedules too. You can then refer back to them at any time.

A second thing that can help with dispute avoidance is good project management. By having someone in place to effectively manage everything from the timeframe to risk and money a great number of issues can be avoided. Lack of management typically causes big problems.

One of the most challenging aspects of construction projects is that there can be a huge number of different contractors involved, from builders to plasterers and even decorators. All of them need to be managed properly, tackling disputes that arise and keeping an eye on progress. As a result you should ensure your contractor management is correct.

Record keeping is also absolutely crucial when it comes to construction dispute avoidance. With good records to call on you have information to hand that can be used to retrospectively resolve disputes. Notes for everything should be compiled, from materials to labour and plant equipment. A daily record should be kept and details of any changes should be recorded too.

At Amison Dispute Resolutions we have a great deal of experience and can provide flexible services for all of our clients. Our comprehensive approach means we can help put dispute avoidance procedures in place as well as providing resolutions if issues arise in the future. As a result we can act as a one-stop-shop.