Common Delays in Construction Projects

Construction projects are especially prone to delays, many of which are completely out of control of either the contractor or the building owner. Unfortunately, these delays do carry legal and financial consequences that must be sorted out through mediation and construction claims. In order to understand the process, it’s important to look at the myriad of ways that a project could potentially go wrong.

Supply Shortages

One of the most common problems has to do with supply shortages. Shortages can be literally shortages of materials, or it can relate to problems with getting materials from one site to another. A structural steel expert may be required to assess the quality of materials. It’s always a good idea to make sure you’ve gotten what you paid for, especially in steel. A mistake there can cost lives and even more money down the road.

Personnel Problems

Problems with personnel can include trouble scheduling people to work, or issues that occur on the job. Hiring construction advisory services can help sort these disputes, including revising project deadlines and communicating project changes from a neutral perspective. They also assist in the planning for a project, including budgeting.

If Disputes Arise

Problems will happen, so it’s best to consult with a construction claims consultants who can guide you through the process. They know what paperwork you need, how to track your documents and they can prepare claims quickly to expedite the process.

Mediation is your best option in most cases, as a trial is costly and lengthy. Most disputes are too large for small claims court, but that is an option if your dispute qualifies. Even in those situations, an expert witness can provide testimony that will be beneficial to your case.


Lyle Charles Consulting provides expert witness testimony in the construction field, including materials and personnel. For assistance in project planning for residential and commercial, contact Lyle Charles.