Change Orders: Generate, authenticate, substantiate
Construction projects that proceed exactly as planned are rare. Experienced contractors understand how to effectively generate, authenticate and substantiate change orders to avoid legal battles and be fully compensated for work performed.
Generate: Where it all begins
The challenge to achieving a successful change order starts with the original contract. Your attorney can assist by using language in the contract that clearly explains change orders
that require additional compensation and assigns financial responsibility for those changes.
Or, your attorney should at least make sure that you understand how the contract treats change orders. For example, changes caused by unforeseen job-site conditions, such as soil problems, are usually the owner's responsibility. However, you will likely be responsible for paying for
changes caused by work-related problems such as delays in material deliveries that create schedule changes.