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Selecting the Right Construction Contract for Your Project

selecting the right construction project for your project
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Construction projects come in various shapes and sizes, and so do the contracts governing them. Selecting the appropriate contract type is crucial for successful project management. Here’s a brief overview of some common construction contract types:

Lump Sum Contracts: Also known as fixed-price contracts, these agreements establish a set price for the entire project. This provides clients with cost certainty but places more risk on the contractor for unforeseen expenses.

Cost-Plus Contracts: In this model, the client pays the contractor for all project-related costs, plus an additional fee or percentage for the contractor’s services. This type is flexible, making it suitable for projects with uncertain scopes.

Unit Price Contracts: Ideal for projects where quantities may change, unit price contracts involve paying contractors based on the quantity of units completed. It provides transparency but requires accurate estimation of unit prices.

Time and Materials Contracts: Similar to cost-plus contracts, these agreements involve paying for actual hours worked and materials used, plus a markup. This model suits projects with evolving scopes.

Design-Build Contracts: Integrating design and construction services under one contract, design-build fosters collaboration and streamlines communication. It transfers more responsibility to the contractor for project success.

Choosing the right contract type depends on project specifics, risk allocation preferences, and the desired level of control. Each type has its merits, ensuring flexibility in meeting the diverse needs of construction endeavors.

If you are an owner, developer, and/or contractor and have questions about which type of construction contract is right for you, please feel free to give us a call at 214-432-4684.