Settling a Construction Dispute on residential Projects

If you’ve hired construction & turnaround services to do work on your property, the last thing you expect is a dispute and a potential lawsuit. Accidents happen, material shortages occur, timeframes get mixed, and a variety of challenges that can disrupt your project may present themselves. It’s up to you as the property owner to decide how you want to handle each situation.


Usually, all that’s required is filing a simple claim for review. The claim contains a report of what happened, and details on what was done. This report is used to determine who was at fault for the incident, and will help determine who has to pay penalties to fix the problem.

Being outside the industry, this process might seem foreign to you. That’s where construction consulting services can help. They offer claim preparation, and can provide some advice on what you might need to help win your dispute.


Another option for dispute resolution is private mediation. In mediation, both parties air their grievances, and a decision that is mutually agreed upon is enforced. Mediation cases can still go to court if the dispute is not resolved, but they are fast and allow for work to continue in a timely manner. It’s one of the least expensive ways to resolve a dispute as well, as you don’t have to pay costly insurance fees to have someone argue on your behalf.

Again, consultants will help here. They can prep you for your mediation, and help you figure out how to argue your case more effectively in front of a mediator.

Lyle Charles Consulting has more than 30 years of experience helping residential and commercial construction companies settle disputes on the site.