Last but not least, the post-construction stage. Now that all work on the site has been completed, the project will soon come to an end. However, there are still a few more things to be done before the keys of the building can be handed over to the client. Usually, the final stage of the construction project is divided into three critical steps:
1. New construction building commissioning
First things first, an inspection of the entire building should be done. If everything is completed correctly, these inspections are reasonably easy to pass. The reason is that other inspections should have already been completed throughout the project. It is during those pre-inspections that problems should have been found and corrected. As soon as everything has been verified, it is time for the project team to train the client to operate and maintain the newly built structure. This is a step of considerable importance since it will contribute to increasing the life cycle of the project.
2. Owner occupancy
Now that the training is complete, the owner can take over the building. This is when the warranty period is activated. That way, the project owner can feel confident that there is enough time to examine all the different systems, equipment, and materials that have been installed. There are three main types of construction guarantee:
1. Express warranty: It is generally included in the contract.
Express warranties are warranties that are outlined in a construction contract that set forth specific promises or warranties for quality and workmanship standards. A regular express warranty within a construction contract may include a guarantee that the work performed will be free from defects for a certain period and will conform to contractual obligations, or the contract may simply include a general quality guarantee. A general quality guarantee is a guarantee that the right materials and due care will be used to complete a project.
2. Implied warranty: It is imposed by law.
The implied warranties apply to all construction contracts required by law and are in addition to the express warranties detailed in the construction contract.
Implied Warranty of Good Workmanship
An implied warranty of good quality workmanship guarantees that the contractor will provide construction services in a diligent, reasonably skilful, and professional manner. This warranty does not guarantee that the final result of the project is perfect, but it does require work to meet an industry standard.
An implicit guarantee to build according to plans is a guarantee that construction will be carried out according to agreed plans. In accordance with Florida jurisprudence, a cause of action for breach of the implied warranty to build under the plan must meet three basic elements:
1. The performer was required to build following plans submitted to local government authorities
2. The artist could not build according to plans,
3. The damage was sustained as a result of the artist’s failure to build according to the plan.
3. Statutory warranty: It is introduced in a state’s regulations.
This is the last step in the long process of designing and completing a construction project. The project team must reach general contractual agreements and ensure that the project is free from any kind of legal burden. At this point, it is also good practice to carry out a post-project review that could help different agents detect any tasks that have not been completed, analyze why this happened, and develop a list of ideas for the future. A post-project review can also be the basis for creating a detailed project completion report.