Construction disputes can arise from a variety of issues that occur between the different people and procedures involved. Because construction projects are increasingly complex, they call for equally complicated contracts, which in turn make it easier for disputes to occur. Additionally, a large number of parties are involved in construction projects: between the client, the contractors, the architects, and engineers, there is much more room for conflict to take place. A number of these disputes relate to contract disagreements between clients. These claims come from poorly prepared contract documents, contract delays, and failure to administer the contract. Other common types of construction litigation claims include cost overruns, delay claims, defective work disputes, collection claims, communication issues, and so on. Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), the online subsidiary of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), can make this often tedious process simpler, more efficient, and peaceful.
ODR has gained popular approval as a replacement to traditional litigation. A neutral third-party arbitrator with extensive industry experience will be assigned to your construction dispute. After examining your claim (say your contractor owes you money for poor or incomplete work), your evidence, and hosting a short video conference hearing, this arbitrator will give a binding and court-enforceable decision that is efficient, fair, and ensures you are compensated, if you are owed a monetary award. You shouldn’t have to worry about a small setback holding up your entire construction project, which is why ODR platforms exist. Here are three key benefits of using ODR to solve your construction dispute.
- Simplifying the procedure
As mentioned, construction disputes are characteristically complicated, often involving more than two parties, and a high volume of documents, and interactions. However, ODR platforms can significantly reduce the headache that these cases entail, mainly by operating any disputes on a simple one-to-one basis. If, for example, you have paid your contractor for work he hasn’t completed, all you need is to make your claim, submit your evidence, such as a signed contract or photo proof of the incomplete work, and we and your arbitrator will handle your reimbursement. It’s that simple, even though the industry isn’t.
Again, construction is a complex field that brings in professionals from many various disciplines. Between architects, building designers, engineers, and land developers, a large number of people will be involved in your home construction process. Each of these disciplines are very specialized, and because the judges you see in Small Claims Court are not usually experienced in specific fields, you will likely be advised to hire a professional lawyer. For instance, if you are suing the architect or architecture firm for compensation because their designs were faulty, you might be told you need a lawyer with architecture expertise to help you make your case. But hiring a specialized lawyer can end up costing you more than the amount you are looking to claim for reparations. On the other hand, the online arbitrators assigned to small claims cases are neutral, experts in the field of your claim, and affordable.
Another issue that leads to much contention in the construction industry is its adversarial nature. Construction project teams are likely to fall into conflict, disputes, and even hostility. This happens for a number of reasons, but especially because of project team chemistry, or lack thereof. If teams haven’t worked together before, have different deadlines, have little cross-discipline integration, or trust issues, then conflict can easily happen. The last thing you want your house construction site to look like is a battleground. Thanks to ODR, disputes handled by expert arbitrators are not only fair and efficient, but they are civil as well. Arbitrators skillfully ensure that a dispute between two parties come to the best and most amicable conclusion possible. This also makes future collaboration and partnership more likely.
Broadly, the construction industry is complex and fractured into specialized professional fields that are all necessary to the process of building your home. This complexity makes it very easy to hostilities to take place. Whether it be a dispute between you and your contractor, or you and another project team-member, ODR platforms have the simplicity, authority, and intentional framework to ensure that your home is finished in the most efficient and stress-free way possible. Thanks to professional arbitrators and straightforward procedures, ODR can make sure that your small claims construction claim is resolved quickly, so that you can get back to building your home.