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Requesting Change Orders

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
August 12, 2016

Question: I have finalized a plan with my remodeling contractor. However, there are a couple of items that might need modification. Can I request changes after the project is underway?

Answer: Change orders are a large part of the industry and occur regularly.  The scope of the project should be as clearly defined in the original specifications and contract documents as possible, but anyone is entitled to change their minds.  We work exceedingly hard to leave no stone un-turned in the design phase so that the majority of the possibilities are considered.  In spite of that, new products and ideas can change a project in midstream and professional organizations must have the protocols in place in order to deal with them. Changes to the original scope of work should be recorded in a written document and include specifications, materials, allowances, time frame and cost information.  It should also include how the change will be reconciled in the accounting system and when it will be paid for.

Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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