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JLC • NEW ENGLAND EDITION • FEBRUARY 1996 JLC • FEBRUARY 1996 FOOLPROOF CHANGE ORDERS BY GARY RANSONE To make sure you get paid for extra work, state your policy clearly in your contracts, and get all change orders in writing Every experienced contractor knows that the owners who tell you on Monday to finish the extra work at all costs ("Just get it done, whatever it takes!") may not feel the same way about paying for the extra work the following Monday when they get your invoice. In my experience, the most common owner/contractor dispute is over change orders. Change order disputes often result in the contractor losing money, as well as the trust and confidence of the