3 ways to solve a construction dispute

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | Real Estate Law

The construction continues to boom in Washington, D.C.

Considering that the city’s population increased by 14.6% in the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it means builders need to get the job done right and fast. When a dispute happens between a builder and contractor, the below three methods may offer a successful resolution.

1. Mediation

While some situations may see a resolution from direct negotiations, many times the disputing parties need outside help. Mediation involves a third party providing nonpartisan guidance while working through the disagreement. This nonbinding method helps parties avoid the courts and work together to develop a solution that works in the best interest of both parties.

2. Arbitration

When mediation fails, arbitration has become a tried-and-true next step. Like mediation, arbitrations involve a third party or parties but at a much different level. Depending on the situation, up to a panel of three arbitrators take in the evidence and determine the outcome. After delivering the decisions, neither party has the option to appeal it unless they can prove bias or fraud.

3. Litigation

For complex situations that seem impossible to resolve, litigation often becomes the go-to method. This legally binding method involves a trial and comes with an enforceable yet appealable solution. While a slower process, it ensures a thorough resolution to a dispute.

While most builders and contractors hope for every job to finish smoothly, disputes happen for a number of reasons. Luckily, these situations come with different options to find a reasonable solution.