By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

Why Construction Completion Clauses Shouldn’t Be Added to Your Contract

Featured on the Show:

Construction Management Workbook

The Washington Post article interview

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • Why Construction Deadline Clauses aren’t part of my Construction Management Workbook, and what I suggest instead

  • Progress completion clauses

  • End date clauses

If you haven’t seen the Construction Management Workbook offered on my website you really are missing out!! Hundreds of you have already received it and hopefully are setting up your projects like a PRO!! But that’s the funny thing about creating content for online – you don’t get to talk to anyone about their experiences, what they like, what they don’t like and what they wish had been included!! So this month we created a feedback document to hear all of that…..and hopefully much more!!

Today’s topic is about one comment on the feedback form that we received. That topic is about completion date clauses

I will be honest, they are intentionally NOT included in my renovation workbook because I don’t believe they work.

I have been a part of several projects, many years ago, where construction completion clauses were put in place. 

I’ve seen two different types. I’ve seen progress completion clauses and I have seen end date completion clauses. 

A progress completion clause was set up on this particular job for the actual stages of the project. One was for the demo, one was for the framing stage, one was for the rough-in stage, electric and plumbing, and so on. 

The end date clauses I’ve seen done in a couple of different ways but typically you establish an end date and if it was met then the contractor got a bonus. 

So I talk about these different completion clauses. I haven’t been a part of one in years, and I believe that’s because contractors are finding out that they don’t work. It doesn’t create a positive experience on a project, and perhaps that’s why I’m not seeing them on projects anymore because the contractors aren’t agreeing to them. 

If a client asks me about them I will say they are a waste of time because they simply just don’t work. 

In today’s episode, I want to discuss why that is, and what I suggest you do instead. 

I really encourage you to grab the Construction Management Workbook. It sets you up for a smooth and successful project which is what we all want. Both contractor, and homeowner!

And if you hadn’t heard I was interviewed for an article in the Washington Post all about the steps to take hiring a contractor – the Construction Management Workbook goes into even more details but you can read the full article here.

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