Construction projects, like anything else in life, are subject to change. Design blunders, unanticipated revisions to building codes, an owner-driven switch in material selection — all of these events can lead to changes that add a few dollars or create a significant addition to a project’s scope and cost.
General contractors and subcontractors have different considerations when faced with a directive to perform work outside of their original contracts. According to industry experts, it pays to be a stickler for the contract, but it also can be worth it to take a more flexible approach at times. Of course, it all starts with the contract.
Instructions for how a general contractor or subcontractor should proceed with changes to its original scope of work can typically be found in the contract’s general conditions. Both general contractors and subcontractors should pay close attention to the notice provisions of their contracts because this is where they can find the requirements for getting paid for any changes to the work.
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