As the owner of a construction company, one of the best things that you can do to try to avoid disputes is to make sure that you communicate clearly every step of the way. It is often true that legal disputes stem from some sort of misunderstanding or miscommunication earlier in the process.
For instance, the potential homeowner may claim that the use of a certain material counts as a construction defect because they didn’t want to use that material, but the real issue may be that they just didn’t understand what they had ordered. If it ever seems that someone is confused, communicating in advance can be a lot easier than trying to sort things out after the fact.
Another example is if a subcontractor doesn’t get a job done on time. You may need to sue the subcontractor to recoup the costs or you may face action from the client due to the delay. But that delay may only have happened because there wasn’t clear communication and the subcontractor didn’t understand the timeline. Once again, you can take steps in advance to avoid the entire situation.
But what do you do if a dispute still happens?
Obviously, there’s no amount of communication that guarantees you’ll never be involved in disputes. It is a way to lower the odds, but disputes still do occur.
There can be an incredible amount of money on the line for both sides in a situation like this. As a result, it is very important for you to know what options your company has and what legal steps you’ll need to take at this time.