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Construction law issues: Staying on target to meet deadlines

Bidding on building contracts here in Massachusetts requires understanding the potential client's needs, including deadlines. One of the biggest complaints in construction law is delays. Making goals in order to stay on target to meet the client's deadlines could not only win the contract, but could keep a contractor in good graces by not breaching it with unnecessary delays.

Everyone needs to understand his or her part in keeping the project on time and on task. Taking the time to write down and disseminate information regarding what needs to be done and when could help. Construction projects are often a balancing act of receiving supplies and completing tasks. The general contractor's job is to make sure that everyone, including subcontractors, meets the deadlines set in the contract and the plan.

All dates in between also need to be outlined and met. It is not enough just to know the end date. Meeting smaller goals is also necessary to keep track of the budget. Cost overruns on equipment, materials and labor could also delay a contract and cause a breach. Keeping in close contact with foremen, superintendents and anyone else with supervision or control over meeting deadlines is essential.

Of course, it helps to make sure that the contract provides reasonable deadlines. Clients often want their projects done yesterday, so it is up to the contractor to make sure to rein in unreasonable requests. It may also help to add in some time to account for unavoidable delays such as weather. It is always better to come in ahead of time than late. In order to properly negotiate a contract, it would also be beneficial to work with a Massachusetts construction law attorney.

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