During the construction process, it is important to address sensitive subjects to avoid future conflict. Contracts solidify expectations and help to ensure that contractors and customers understand expectations.
Once a contract is in place to specify a scope of work and the budget, change orders are essential for moving forward. A change order is a written document that records alterations made during construction and acknowledges any increase or decrease in the cost and timing of the project.
In short, change orders consist of:
- Revisions made to the scope of work
- Updated pricing for revisions made
- Alterations to the existing contract to accommodate the new scope of work
- The signatures of the contractor and the customer
The key to a successful change order is a clear, two-sided understanding of expectations between customer and contractor.
At The Residences at 66 High Street, building allowances provide a clear set of guidelines for both contractors and customers. In the event that a client goes under or over the total budget for the allowance, a change order would be necessary.