Steps to prevent construction project delays

Written by Lyle Charles

Construction delays can cause a project additional funds and open the company to claims. Claims can also incur costs for a firm as they may need to hire experts from construction advisory service firms to assist the company with the case. Therefore, including steps to reduce construction delays is a sensible way to ensure that your project is on time, profitable and that the construction firm maintains its reputation.

Here are some steps to prevent construction delays.

Start right – Accurate planning will help to reduce delays. Therefore, look at creating an accurate estimate with a realistic schedule. Planners should look at areas that can cause delays, and put into place mechanisms to minimize delay days. For those materials that need to be imported or are not on site include additional days to ensure that the project has its materials on time. Select contractors and partners wisely by only considering the quality of their work and reliability.

Watch contract language – Broad contract language can leave the firm and other parties in confusing situations. If your contract includes broad terms like “time is of the essence,” no damages for delay, “” waiver of consequential damages, “acceleration” and “termination” enlist legal counsel for clarification.

Communication – Clear communication with your vendors will inform them when you require your materials and the level of urgency. Ensure your vendors provide you with a delivery schedule as soon as you send them your purchase order.

As your project moves forward, it is important that your team has a construction claim analysis in place to understand a claim as and when they arise.


Lyle Charles is a construction claims consultant who can cater to your construction project needs.

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