Five reasons to hire a construction claims consultant

7Written by Lyle Charles

A construction claim is a request for additional time and/or money made by the construction contractor as a result of a change in the terms of the contract. Most changes are due to changes in design, construction or administration. Putting through a claim can involve submitting a number of documents for approval. Therefore it is a good idea to hire a construction claims consultant to analyze the situation that will help to resolve the dispute. Here are 5 reasons to hire a construction claims consultant.

Experience in handling different claims – It is good to hire an experienced construction claims specialists who are aware of project costs, damages, unpaid change orders, cost escalation and delay damages.

Understanding technical jargon – Construction claims constantans will be able to understand and communicate technical jargon that can be difficult to understand. Most often if your construction claim’s consultant is not knowledgeable in certain areas like steel fabrication, he/she may get advice from a steel construction expert to strengthen your case.

Able to take the right course of action – The right course of action can vary depending on the case. Therefore a good consultant will be able to give you a recommendation that will save you money, time and resources.

Stays on top of changing standards – Since construction standards are always changing, your construction claims consultant will help you maintain a good position to ensure you receive a favorable outcome.

Experience in negotiations – Negotiations are the best way to a speedy resolution and consultants possess the experience to handling such meetings that provide their client’s with the best outcomes.


Lyle Charles is an expert in commercial and residential construction and construction claims analysis.