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During the hearings, the contractor claimed that the VA never provided a design that could be built with the allotted budget. As it happens, experts agree that incomplete design is among the leading causes of construction overruns. It’s far from the only one, though, as factors like late changes to project specifications, fluctuations in building material prices, and inadvertent omission of line items may also cause the budget to spiral out of control.

Clients and contractors can avoid the headache-inducing scenario faced by the VA by hiring a construction cost estimator firm like Vermeulens, Inc. before signing off on a project. The estimator will look at all the project plans and documents during the design phase to ensure that all costs are accounted for so that no surprise expenses will pop up during actual construction.