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How to Handle Delays in Your Construction Project

How to Handle Delays in Your Construction Project

Here is how you want to handle delays that come up during your construction project.

Are you getting a new construction project done for your business? If so, then you probably know how time-intensive these projects can be. It gets even more time-intensive when your project starts getting delayed. Naturally, delays can be trying on anyone’s patience, but by taking the right steps, you can get through delays much more smoothly. Here is how you want to handle delays that come up during your construction project.

Find Out if the Delays are Excusable or Not

With any construction project, there should be contracts that go over what happens in the event of delays. Some delays are excusable while others are not.

Excusable delays are the delays that occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the affected parties, or due to circumstances that could not be predicted. In such instances, economic disruption would be covered.

Non-excusable delays are the delays that occur due to the mishandling of tasks within a party’s control. Perhaps materials were ordered late, or scheduling was done poorly. In scenarios like these, it would be harder to cover any economic disruptions.

Communicate Effectively With All Stakeholders

Whenever your construction project starts experiencing delays, you want to be as transparent as possible with the affected parties. There are various parties you’ll need to notify: your workers, suppliers, and clients:

  • Workers: Let them know which projects got delayed and for what reason, and notify them about how their pay schedules could change so that they can make adjustments. You also want to set up a communication system so you can notify them about updates regarding the project.
  • Suppliers: Discuss terms with them and explain what the situation is. You should tell them how upcoming events affect delays and payment deadlines. If your construction project gets delayed, see if you can ask to have extended terms. Lastly, if orders need to be canceled due to delays, let your suppliers know.
  • Clients: No client wants to face delays, so you want to assure them that their project will still be completed as planned. It also helps to provide clients with public health efforts, as well as CDC requirements, that could keep your project from progressing. These can help rationalize why the construction project can’t go forward at the moment. Lastly, it’s important to keep the relationship between you and your client strong. Therefore, you want to express sympathy for them and show that you still have their best interests at heart.

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