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Construction glossary

What is a Change Order?

A Change Order in construction essentially refers to a modification to the original construction contract. These can occur due to unforeseen circumstances, changes requested by the client, or any errors or omissions found in the initial contract. They can include alterations in construction methods, designs, materials, and site conditions, impacting the scheduled tasks and the project's cost. Change orders are documented formally and require official approval before being executed. This mechanism ensures transparency amongst all parties involved, preventing disputes during the project life-cycle. It's important to manage them carefully to prevent project delays and budget overruns.