With over 7 million people working within it, the US construction industry occupies the third place in the country’s economic growth chart. If you’re a builder or manage a team of workers, you already know how rewarding a job it can be. However, you are likely frustrated with all the paperwork and administrative aspects of your job that prevent you from making as much progress on your project as possible.
AIA G702 Pay Application forms are among the most error-prone & time consuming – yet most important – contractual documents in construction. Are you struggling to better understand how to fill-in these forms without making any mistakes? Read on to learn more about these applications and construction billing softwares.
What Is an AIA G702 Pay Application Form?
An AIA G702 pay application document is a billing form used by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It is a contractor’s application and certificate of payment, it certifies that a payment is due. The form is sent by the contractor-to the Architect-Who is in charge of certifying the payment. These forms are used by almost every contractor and members of the AIA. The forms are downloadable, but not free. ( Maybe add a link to where you can download the forms?)
There are many requirements for the form, including:
- Contract sum to date
- The sum of all previous payments
- A summary of any change orders
- The payment amount that is currently being requested
- Retainage Amount (If Applicable)
Why Are They Important?
The importance of these forms rely on the guarantee of contractual payment upon progress completion of the following situations:
- Projects of any size
- Contractors applying for progress payments
- Architect certification
Using these forms properly can allow you to receive expedite payment.The Architect, responsible for reviewing these schedules of values, can certify a different contract sum than the one specified by the builder, leading to a ‘tug of war’ in construction. Both parties must now show each other the progress of the work performed or lack thereof. At this stage, work relationships often suffer, causing internal conflicts for construction companies. Builders spent a considerable amount of time strengthening their relationship with project owners, and at the same time project managers spent time searching and building these same relationships with subcontractors. A single document form is in charge of hand- holding these relationships and improving them over the years, the result: project sites become a great environment for construction workers.
The bottom line is, the AIA G702 form ensures fair compensation for all parties involved in a building plan, fostering future contracts with contractors and subcontractors.
Avoiding Mistakes When Filling AIA G702 Pay Applications
We’ve all been there, looking at this black and white form, not knowing exactly where to start. Reviewing our emails in the attempt of tracking down the latest payment agreement- calculating the progress and transforming these into numbers. It never ceases to be a confusing and time consuming administrative process.
We mentioned this before, the forms are downloadable and come with a cost. There are alternatives to these forms, for example payment softwares exclusively engineered for the construction industry. These softwares like MXBuild make billing and invoicing a much simpler an accurate process, reducing the risk of making these common mistakes:
Submitting a late pay application
Having a late pay application might delay payment until the entire billing cycle is finalized. Restricting your company’s cash flow.
Not submitting all the documentation:
There’s no-one rule that fits all-when it comes to construction payments, some companies require you to submit a full documentation package in order to receive payment. Pay applications are among the various documents contractors or project owners may require. Other documentation listed by your client could include any of the following:
- Payroll Documentation
- Lien Waives
- Change Orders
- Progress tracking documentation
- G703 continuation sheet
-The amount doesn’t add up: Manual processes are exhausting, they convey a large amount of responsibility and checking these documents over and over again becomes a tiresome task. We suggest having a team go through the numbers to ensure they add up to the correct amount.
-Change orders & total sum: Change orders are a case of study for me, it seems like there’s no way to make both parties happy with the dollar amount in them. A higher amount might come up as if you are over-billing and making up for something else, while a lower amount means you are low balling just to keep your client happy (and quite probably not making money). Always ensure approval for change orders; otherwise, they become unofficial billing documents, risking non-payment even after completion.
How Can MX Build Help?
Despite a handful of issues, pay application forms, which have been around since 1992, remain widely used by builders nowadays.
- They cost money.
- Terminology is not builder friendly .
- Time consuming to fill-out.
- Error could result in delayed payments.
- Liability relies on the builders- not the Architects.
Builders and subcontractors like you can utilize a solution to create digitized, cloud-based AIA-style invoices integrated with construction payment software like MXBuild. This tool streamlines the billing and payment process for the construction industry.The result is a single source of documentation accuracy and ultimately receiving expedited payments.
MXBuild system has a failsafe mechanism – that places controls in key fields to prevent contractors from making common mistakes when filing the forms, making this a non-time consuming process for builders like you.
There is a huge value when it comes to implementing new technologies, especially in such a tradition driven-manually managed industry. Implementing automation shouldn’t be a scary tale for builders, knowing that these tools have been engineered to:
- Reduce our administrative burden
- Improve our efficiency-focus on core aspects of our job
- Reduce the time-and therefore the cost-spent in these processes
- Transparency in documentation
- Collect data-analyze your process
- Provide an alternative to an outdated process
Now that you understand there are more than the AIA G702 of admissible pay applications in construction, it is time to start billing. Next, all you have to do is Build.