Painting and decorating entails the final touches to any building and/or renovation project. This is usually the last part of a project before the work is completed and therefore quite likely to consist of defects or poor workmanship.
This final stage of painting and decorating can also be used to hide any potential defects of the work done and completed earlier below the surface.
Time constraints open up the opportunity for a contractor to take shortcuts in doing construction and painting and decoration work simultaneously. This may result in substandard and messy paintwork, just to hand over the site on the agreed upon time in order to avoid any penalty clauses as per the contract between the parties.
Disputes may arise from non-compliance with technical requirements such as material used as specified in the building contract or the hours of access to the site or may arise on the merits of parties’ arguments in terms of the construction contract such as payment undertakings, contract interpretation or time of completion of the work.