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The basics of construction contracts in Louisiana

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2022 | Construction Law

Construction projects, both big and small, always require a construction contract. This document is essential in protecting the interests of both the property owner and the contractor. If you’re about to embark on a construction project, it’s important to make sure you have a contract.

What is a construction contract?

A construction contract is a document that outlines the specific details of a construction project. This includes the agreed-upon specifications of the work as well as the timeline and payment schedule.

Why do you need a construction contract?

One of the most important aspects of a construction contract is the fact that it can help resolve disputes that may arise during the course of the project. For instance, if the property owner fails to meet their obligations as outlined in the contract, the contractor can take legal action per construction law.

A construction contract is also important because it helps protect both parties from any potential damages that may occur during the project. For example, if a contractor damages someone’s property while working on the construction project, the property owner can seek damages from the contractor. Last but not least, a construction contract can help ensure that the project gets completed on time and within budget.

What should you include in a construction contract?

One of the most important things to include in a construction contract is a detailed description of the work that’s expected to be performed. This should include everything from the specific materials for the project, to the construction methods that will be employed.

Another key element of a construction contract is the payment schedule. This outlines how and when payments will get disbursed to the contractor. The contract should also include a timeline for the project as well as any specific conditions that everyone must meet in order for the project to proceed.

Generally, it’s important to make sure that both parties understand and agree to the terms of the construction contract. If there are any questions or concerns, ensure that they’re addressed before the contract gets finalized. This will help ensure that there are no misunderstandings down the road.