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What are the 6 primary types of construction delays?

Construction delays can be both inconvenient and costly for all parties involved. One project not being completed on time can become like a domino effect from the contractor's perspective. It can result in other jobs starting late. A homeowner may not have anywhere to move if their new home isn't finished by the expected deadline. Some construction delays are avoidable but not all of them are. There may be different legal remedies that you can pursue depending on how your delay is classified.

One of the first steps that you should take if a construction delay occurs is to determine whether it's likely to keep the project from being completed on time.

Anything that causes a particular aspect of the job to get off to a late start that doesn't result in a change in the completion date is classified as a noncritical delay. Any factor that causes more widespread complications such as a milestone being missed, or the completion date being pushed back is referred to as a critical delay.

The second step that you need to take if a construction project has been delayed is to determine whether it was for an inexcusable or excusable reason.

Unexpected factors such as terrorism or natural disasters may be outlined in your contract. Since these are beyond the control of your contractor, these would be classified as excusable delays. A construction company's failure to adequately plan for a project or to obtain necessary permitting can causes a project not to be completed on time. These types of delays are often inexcusable.

It's only after you've determined whether a delay was critical, noncritical, excusable or inexcusable can you finally address whether it's a compensable or noncompensable one.

Excusable delays generally involve a contractor filing for a time extension and being ordered to compensate a building owner or homeowner. Noncompensable delays may be outlined in your contract along with any remedies that clients can pursue in such instances.

There are a variety of damages that a Melbourne judge may order to be paid in construction delay cases, including the payment of overhead, loss of profits or use, repayment of loan interest and insurance. An attorney can advise you of what types of remedies you may be able to pursue in your Florida case if your building project wasn't completed on time.

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