What's the most important clause in a construction contract? In many cases, unfortunately, it's the clause that wasn't there when you needed it. The painful truth is that no contract is perfect, and even the most experienced builder sometimes gets burned by the unforeseen.

But that works both ways: It also means that every contract can be improved. Knowledgeable builders review their contracts regularly and revise them often in the light of experience — that of others as well as their own.

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