A change order is used to document an agreed-upon change in the terms and conditions of an agreement.
- Requesting a change to an existing contract.
- Legally modifying an existing agreement.
Once an offer is accepted in exchange for some agreed-upon value, a legally-binding contract has been made. While contract negotiations often take much more complex forms, once a contract has been created the parties are bound to its terms unless they mutually agree otherwise. Any deviation from the terms and conditions of a contract may place one or more parties in breach of the agreement, which can give rise to legal liability. To make sure that all changes to a contract are clear and well documented, consider using a written change order to document any agreed-upon deviations from an original agreement.
Change orders are commonly required in construction projects, as small deviations from the terms of one agreement may impact the project as a whole. Whether a shipment of materials was delayed, a particular product is no longer available, or you’ve been delayed due to weather, use a change order any time you are documenting any change in your performance. A change order will explain the nature of the change, how it was addressed, any costs or repayments necessary due to the change, and a timeframe for the change to be carried out. A change order legally amends an existing contract, so all parties to the agreement should be clear on exactly how changes are to be made. Use this interactive form to create a change document that meets the needs of your construction project.