One of the more common issues we come across are contractors carrying out additional work without:
a. Realising it;
b. Notifying the main hashtagcontractor or employer of the change;
c. Keeping correct records;
d. Receiving an official instruction;
e. Issuing an EoT if required.
This is a very precarious predicament to be in. Whilst relationships are good, contractual procedure can become lax – instructions issued retrospectively, EoT claims accepted late, summary records accepted as substantiation for price.
Never forget the contract is very clear on what should happen if a change occurs, & imposes strict time frames. If these procedures are not followed the change or EoT could be rightfully disallowed. This could be catastrophic for your bottom line.
So why do it?
- You want to be seen as collaborative
- You don’t want to appear contractual
- You just want to get on
These are excuses. Following the contract doesn’t mean that you are contractual. You can be practical & pragmatic in exercising your responsibilities; by doing so you massively de-risk & increase the potential profitability of the project.
As always, read & understand what your obligations & entitlements are under the contract you’ve signed & employ strategies to ensure you comply.