You're about to embark on a major new construction project. If you're a
wise and experienced professional -- contractor, architect or engineer, say
-- your first thought likely might be: What could go wrong?
That's a sound starting point. Research a couple of years ago* showed that
75% of construction industry participants had suffered a claim or dispute
arising from their role in a project in the prior five years.
In other words, you're lucky if you can manage to escape those disputes,
which cover a whole range of endgames -- from rectifying minor issues to
facing years-long legal actions.
However, there are several key steps that can strongly mitigate those risks
and keep you in the complaints-free 25% zone.
What Causes Construction Defects?
There are, of course, countless sources of defect complaints but nearly all
of them fall into one or more of four categories -- defects in:
Design, usually the result of errors, incomplete information,
incompetence or negli ...