…after that you must hire an Attorney to get someone else to pay for what you wished for.
Every now and then, someone comes along who can reveal the big picture in the most cogent way. Today, enlightenment is provided by subcontractor/business owner, Pete Battisti, commenting on the faster, cheaper, better expectations of building project owners, particularly as the process is likely to occur more and more in a dog-eat-dog recession economy.
“In most cases, owners get what they pay for and sometimes more than they bargain for when they select the low or unqualified bidder, and it all starts at the drawing process and continues:
--Owner hires low bid architect, possibly unqualified.
--Owner hires low bid general contractor, possibly unqualified.
--GC hires low bid subcontractors, possibly unqualified.
--Owner enters into contract with GC.
--GC enters into contracts with subcontractors.
--All contracts are written to limit the owner’s liability.
--All subcontracts are written to limit the owner’s and GC’s liability.
--All contracts require special endorsements from subcontractors protecting (defending) the owner and the GC.
--All contracts are written with “no” payment guarantees.
Project is completed.
--Owner is not happy because the job took too long to build, had cost overruns, and was not up to the quality that was expected.
--Law firms clean up the legal issues through litigation and or arbitration.
--Insurance companies settle liability claims.
Battisti summarizes: “If everyone really wants projects built faster, cheaper and better, why isn’t there a delivery method that achieves this goal?
“Why isn’t there a vaccination for cancer, or for that matter the common cold? Why don’t cars get 300 miles per gallon of gas? Why can’t we stop illegal aliens or street drugs from entering our borders? Why have we become a consumer country rather than a producing country?
“The simple answer is, there is more money in the treatment than in the cure in the short term.”
And that, for those who are paying attention to the recent machinations of international finance, is also why the foundational causes of the dire problems that most of the economies in the world today are experiencing are not being properly rectified.
Sharp vision is essential for those working at the front end of the food chain in a shark’s world. Pete Battista has flipped on the light switch and adjusted the focus.