How to Decrease Liability & Foster Teamwork with Construction Estimating Software
Preconstruction planning and the use of quality construction estimating software can help decrease liability risks for both owners and contractors - making for a more productive working relationship between the two.
Reducing Errors Early On
In design-bid-build construction contracts, it is understood that the plans and specifications an owner gives a contractor are accurate and sufficient enough for the project to be built without issue. If this is the case, the designs are initially the owner's responsibility.
Yet, 38% of construction disputes are due to incomplete or inadequate designs. Clearly, the problem isn’t solved by simply pointing fingers.
Preconstruction is the bridge that connects the gap between design and owner. Bringing everyone to the table early helps avoid conflicts. Together with this collaboration and with the use of a database-driven estimating program like DESTINI Estimator, teams can reassure owners that the numbers are accurate.
There are times when liability can transfer from the owner and onto the contractor if a contractor fails to notify the owner of errors they've found before making any changes to the project's design.
In the industry today, budgets and deadlines are both very real concerns for contractors, and taking the time to educate owners isn’t always conducive to satisfying these oftentimes conflicting variables.
Even when confronted with these project pressures, contractors can drastically decrease their liability when they pause to educate owners on any changes that need to be made.
The time and cost savings that contractors can gain from using a high-quality preconstruction software platform give them a larger window to have these conversations while still satisfying the project’s scheduling and budgeting needs.
The Reality & Teamwork
Errors happen, liability is incredibly complex, and it's hard to find any solution that eliminates the risk for both owners and contractors, but investing in good preconstruction software sure helps.
Regardless of any legal issues, neither owner or contractor wants a contentious working relationship caused by either party failing to do their part.
Proper preconstruction planning done in the right preconstruction software helps both respective parties prepare and get on the same page - moving them away from the “us vs them” mentality conducive to legal disputes and into a mindset built for teamwork.