When building disputes occur they can be very stressful, time consuming and very expensive to resolve within the court system. Most disputes arise because people do not understand the responsibilities a building contract places on the part of the home owner and on the part of the builder. Often misunderstandings involving building costs, quality of work, variations or changes to the work, time periods to completion and the work that will actually be performed are all common disputes.
This service extends to providing practical expert advice on preventing or resolving problems between you and your builder or tradesman such as communication breakdown, disagreement about variations to the original contract or problems with workmanship, to name a few.
Often by engaging an independent expert the problem can be diffused or resolved, avoiding costly delays, added friction or changing the whole tone of the working relationship.
K R Le Compte & Associates is an experienced building consultant and will visit the site to learn about the problems, then initiate a solution. Your contract drawings and specifications will be reviewed so that an expert and impartial opinion can be formed as the basis of resolving the problem.
No matter how competent or responsible a builder and client are, some disputes cannot be avoided during a building project. Resolving contractual disputes through methods such as litigation and arbitration can be time consuming and costly and in some instances, the cost of resolving disputes has exceeded the total value of the original contract. Therefore alternative forms of dispute resolution that are less time consuming and less expensive are gaining increasing prominence in today's building and construction industry.
In order to reduce the probability of expensive and time-consuming procedures, professional advice should be sought at the earliest sign of any potential conflict between the contracted parties. K R Le Compte & Associates are experts in Dispute Resolution and offer a range of services from facilitating and negotiation through to preparing expert reports and giving expert witness evidence in court if needed.