Don’t You Just Hate When That Happens!
Many things can, and do, go wrong during the design and construction of a new home. Normally, these occurrences are a result of less than perfect communications between the people requesting the work, the people directing the work, and the people performing the work. Everyone involved with a construction project has their own ideas about how the job should be scheduled, how the work should be performed, and what the project should look like when it is finished. Even with a well drafted contract that is fair to all parties and includes very detailed specifications, people with different perspectives will often interpret the same words very differently.
In a good working relationship, a phone call is frequently all that is needed to resolve minor differences or misunderstandings. When larger problems arise, the situation can often be dealt with responsibly by whomever made the mistake. If the owner caused the problem, the builder should be able to expect to be compensated for correcting it. When the builder does something wrong, it is reasonable to expect that he or she will correct the problem at their expense. When the parties cannot agree on a resolution, the contract takes precedence and the disagreement may become a legal matter. To avoid expensive legal disputes, every construction contract should contain language that clearly spells out how conflicts are to be resolved.
Sometimes, things go wrong when building or remodeling a house that are not really bad enough to require repair or replacement. They don’t violate any building codes, or contradict the contract documents, they just “bug” somebody. However, it is not uncommon for these minor irritations to develop into major contract disputes if they are not dealt with promptly and fairly.
In this section of the B4UBUILD.COM site, we will be identifying some of these “pet peeves”. The “little” things that can get under your skin and ruin an otherwise good relationship between owner and builder.
Please accept our invitation to tell us your “pet peeves” and we will add them to our list. Your comments and opinions will help homeowners and home builders better deal with each other.