Everyone on a building site is responsible for minimizing construction defects and their impact. This should be done as part of a proactive program to identify and fix problems on the building site. With so many different groups (designers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers) involved in a construction project, it is hard to keep track of who is doing what and who is responsible.
Pay attention to contract terms
The building contract should clearly outline accountability and responsibility. Those involved should note liability and language regarding risk shifting. Understanding the agreement enables the various players to own their responsibilities and root out defects. Moreover, while everyone should have insurance, it is good to ensure sufficient coverage for the project.
Quality control programs are key
Ideally, the project is the product of consummate professionals. Nonetheless, quality assurance can help identify trouble spots before they become construction defects. It is a collaborative effort where the quality control team meets regularly, reviews plans and makes on-site inspections. It is often helpful to set up protocols for daily reports, which often first can identify issues and functions as documentation if later needed for a defect claim.
Quick action also essential
Quality control can assess an identified defect or potential defect during walk-through. By responding early in the process, corrections or fixes can reduce expenses and delays. It can also prevent future litigation.
Legal guidance often useful
A construction defect can bring a project to a halt and often add unnecessary expense. A construction law attorney can draft, negotiate or review agreements to help ensure they address all foreseeable concerns. They can also help negotiate disputes that arise before they end up in court. This enables the project to run more smoothly, which only enhances the reputation of the companies involved.