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What Is a Change Order?

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What Is a Change Order?

A change order refers to a document used in project management and construction contracts to formally request modifications to the original scope of work, specifications, or other contractual agreements. This document outlines the changes, additions, or deletions to the project and serves as an official record of the alterations agreed upon by the parties involved. Change orders are vital for maintaining transparency and preventing misunderstandings between clients, contractors, and other stakeholders during the course of a project.

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In most cases, a change order includes details such as the reason for the change, a description of the modifications, any associated cost adjustments, and a timeline for implementation. This document is typically initiated by the client or project owner, but it can also be proposed by the contractor or other parties involved in the project. Once both parties agree to the proposed changes, the change order becomes a legally binding amendment to the original contract, protecting all parties from disputes related to the modifications made during the project's execution.

Change orders can arise for various reasons, including unforeseen site conditions, design adjustments, or alterations requested by the client. While they provide a formal mechanism for managing changes in a project, it's essential to handle them efficiently to avoid delays, cost overruns, and potential conflicts. Effective communication and documentation are key elements in the successful administration of change orders, ensuring that all parties are on the same page regarding modifications to the project's scope and terms.


Yes. While clients often initiate change orders based on their needs or preferences, contractors may also propose changes due to unforeseen site conditions, improved construction methods, or other factors that could enhance the project.

Yes. Clients have the right to request modifications to a construction project even after the initial contract is established. These changes may arise due to evolving project needs, design preferences, or other factors impacting the project scope.

Yes. Once both parties agree to the modifications outlined in a change order, the document becomes a legally binding amendment to the original construction contract. This helps prevent disputes and ensures that all parties are bound by the agreed-upon changes.

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