5 Steps to Avoid Contractor Change Orders – Spence

3:00 pm -3:35 pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Breakout Room 5


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Abstract: Change orders can eat into the overall profitability of a project and many times are an indication that someone fell asleep behind the wheel. Therefore, it can be concluded that change orders are bad and should be avoided at all costs. Of course, there are will always be design changes which can lead to change orders, but in general, most change orders submitted by contractors are not associated with design changes and possibly could have been avoided if proper steps were followed earlier on in the project. Below are 5 steps that should be taken if your goal is to mitigate or eliminate change orders on your projects.

1. Issue a Complete Scope
2. Read All the Fine Print
3. Understand the Schedule & Resources
4. Document Everything
5. Build Lasting Relationships

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