A change order is essentially an amendment to the original contract reflecting a change in the scope of work. Change orders typically include any schedule adjustments due to the extra work, the total expected cost of the new change, an itemized price sheet comparing the old and the new cost, and a complete description of the revisions. Both parties must agree to these details before the change order can be considered a legally binding agreement. Change orders are a common ordeal in almost a third of all construction and renovation projects. Most construction projects vary in their extent and their necessities, and therefore change orders are unique to the project. Most construction firms will have a standard form they use, though.


Changes can be difficult to accept, especially when those changes concern your construction or home renovation project. Unfortunately, few construction projects are completed without some form of alteration to the original designs. These unexpected problems can arise for a variety of reasons. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and familiarize yourself with construction change orders.


Unless you’re opting for cheaper materials or planning to complete certain aspects of the project on your own time (such as landscaping and aesthetic design), change orders will almost always end up costing you extra money in the long run. These costs come about through labor costs, extra resources, or new subcontracting fees. Change orders can also extend the timeline of your project, pushing deadlines further back. The safest way of avoiding these extra costs is to plan ahead. If you’re worried about seasonal delays or unforeseen situations on the worksite, add stipulations to the original contract on how to handle these kinds of setbacks.

  • Having a comprehensive and plastic strategy in place from the initial contract signing can reduce the number of changes or even obviate the need for change orders entirely.

  • Unanticipated revisions can lead to extra stress, timing issues, an increase in your project budget, and unfortunate arguments with your contractor. 

  • Expect the unexpected and prevent potential problems by formally agreeing with your contractor about how to handle change orders and designing a thorough scope of work in the original contract.


We are always looking to improve and perfect our change order process, simplifying it as much as possible for our clients. Change orders can occur at any point between the signing of the contract and our notice of project completion. Change orders can come about for a variety of reasons, one of the most frequent reasons being a simple change of mind on the client’s part. In an effort to prevent delays, we like to determine every detail as soon as possible if a situation calls for a change order.

If any detail alters the scope of work outlined in the original contract, then we’ll provide our clients with a change order estimate, pricing information, and an updated timeline. Any credits for work not completed in the original project agreement will be included in the new estimate as well. Our project managing platform allows us to expedite the change order process, altering the scope of work in less than 24 hours. If you decide to open up a partition wall in your living room instead of painting your home exterior, the contract can be updated and the project completed swiftly, with minimal delays.

Change orders are a common occurrence in construction, and we like to be prepared. Client satisfaction is the main priority at BT Construction & Development Inc. Please contact us immediately if you have any design, function, or budgetary concerns about the scope of work, or if you have a change of mind regarding certain aspects of the project. We want to ensure that you’ll be 100% satisfied with the final product. What is typically a tedious and timely process can be completed effortlessly and efficiently with our services.

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