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Common Causes of Construction Delays


Construction projects can take a long time to complete. That’s because there are numerous factors involved, such as complicated processes, weather conditions, finances, coordination with subcontractors, availability of supplies, and organizational issues.

For these reasons, there may be delays involved. A delay may be defined as the extra time required or incurred either beyond the completion date. While it’s ideal to have a construction project completed on time, the construction process is subject to unpredictability and many other factors.

Even if you are the most organized and efficient contractor around, you may still run into situations where you just cannot finish on time. Here’s a look at some common causes of construction delays.

Change in Scope

The scope of work in a construction project is defined as the deliverables that are expected at the end of a project. Contractors are asked to change their scope all the time. For example, if you are renovating a bedroom, your client may later ask you to add on a bathroom as well, like it’s no big deal.

This is a major change, but even a seemingly minor one, such as adding a window or installing a new shelf in the kitchen, can change the scope dramatically. Any changes will take more time and require more resources and money. A change in scope can throw you off schedule and lead to delays.

 Poor Planning

A lack of planning is a common issue in the construction industry. There are a lot of moving parts, so making sure everything gets done on time requires proper planning. During the construction phase, the planning means calculating all the materials, types of equipment, materials, suppliers, time, and cost required to complete all phases of construction. Typically, you have to do one thing before doing the next, so it’s important to have a timeline in place showing proper organization. When you don’t have everything planned, it can lead to delays, increased costs, and poor quality work.

Project Complexity

Not all construction projects are created equal. Some are quick and easy replacements or fixes, while others may be downright confusing and complex. Your client may want a unique shower setup that’s hard to do. Or they may want you to build or install something you’ve never done before.

When this happens, you will have to do more planning up front. You will need to spend extra time completing a portion of a project. Or you may have to spend extra money to hire a subcontractor to perform the job. In any case, project complexity can be a major factor for delays as well as costs.

Contact Us Today

Construction projects often take a lot of time and money. Sometimes there are delays for various reasons, which can lead to disputes over timeliness.

Need help resolving a dispute over scheduling? Contact a Florida delay claim lawyer from Linkhorst Law Firm, P.A. Our attorneys bring a comprehensive understanding of the law and a practical approach to resolving claims. Schedule a consultation by calling 561-626-8880 or filling out the online form.



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