Why Do I Need a Building Contract?

Builder Contract

When you’re embarking on a building or renovation project, a handshake just isn’t enough.

Unfortunately, too many homeowners are afraid of offending their builders by asking for a home-building contract. And the results aren’t always too pretty.

But at Combit Construction, specialist builders in North London, we believe that signed builders contracts are essential, even for the smallest project. Regardless of the scope of works being undertaken, it’s important that a formal agreement is in place before you get the ball rolling, and here’s why:

It’s not about creating an ‘us and them’ situation. The whole point of a building contract is to protect both you and your builder from any comeback and provide a reference point should any point be disputed during your build.

1. SCOPE OF WORKS

Your contract should set the scope of works to be covered, i.e., every stage of your build/renovation from start to finish.

The more detailed your quotation is, the better: from initial demolition through to project completion, your agreement shouldn’t have any ‘grey’ areas. Don’t settle for any uncertainties or ballpark figures.

2. PRICE AND PAYMENT

Your contract should state the agreed price and payment terms of your project. If your works require progress payments, these should be clearly set out and fall due with the completion of each stage, not ahead of it.

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Any changes to the price caused by plan alterations or unforeseen issues should be set out in writing and agreed to by both parties.

3. START AND FINISH DATE

It’s important to ensure that your builders contracts detail the proposed start and completion dates of your projects. Having set and agreed dates will help to ensure that your projects don’t drag on indefinitely and give you (the homeowner) a basis to claim for compensation should the works not be completed by the due date.

4. WARRANTY

Your builder is legally responsible for any building defects which may become apparent for a given time, generally several years. Having a signed contract will ensure that you are covered for any warranty or defect issues that may arise during this period.

5. WORKS ON SITE

It’s important to ensure that all works undertaken on your property are conducted in accordance with national safety standards and procedures. Your contract should cover basic safety rules and working hours.

6. UNEXPECTED DELAYS

Sometimes the unexpected happens – delays with materials, bad weather, sickness… your contract should set out the procedure by which you and your builder can work together to overcome any unforeseen challenges which may arise.

7. CHANGES TO ORIGINAL PLANS

If you require alterations to the works being undertaken, this will undoubtedly require extra time and cost. Good builders’ contracts will allow for the builder to quote on the changes required and allow both parties to agree on them in writing before these changes are carried out.

8. COVID-19 CLAUSE

With the current Covid-19 crisis in Britain, it’s wise to have a clause in your contract to protect both parties. It’s essential for all involved in the project to adhere to current government regulations and have Covid-safe practices in place.

At Combit Construction, we understand builder’s contracts and we have everything in place to ensure an enjoyable and successful building experience.

Our team has the experience and practical skills to ensure that your renovation is completed to the highest standards, on time and within budget.

Do you want your renovation project to be successful?

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Welcome to our estimator!

With its help, you will be able to find out the approximate cost of your project, as well as send us a request to calculate the exact cost. The more accurately you specify all the data, the more accurate the cost estimate will be.

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What type of project do you require? Or a combination of projects

Your location

Floor area

Additions

A few more question...

Estimated cost

Location:

Inner London

Inner London

Outer London

Area:

Conservation

Conservation

Non Conservation

Type of property:

Detached house

Detached house

Bungalow

Semi-detached house

Terraced house

Listed builing:

Yes

Yes

No

Build quality:

Good

Good

High-end

Please measure each floor area of your house:

Please measure floor area/s of your new extension/s:

Please measure floor area of your 1st floor:

Please measure floor area of your existing garage:

Please measure floor area of your flat:

Please specify floor area of your outbuild:

Please specify floor area of your new build:

New boiler:

No

No

System

Combi

When are you planning to start?

Are you planning to live in during the project?

Yes

Yes

No

Have you completed the design phase for this project?

Yes, I have all the necessary designs and approvals

Yes, I have all the necessary designs and approvals

I´m not sure

Partially

Please contact me to discuss my ideas

Which of these design stages or approvals will you be needing?

Please contact me to help with completion of my design phase

Your estimated cost is:

Design costs are not included in the estimated price.

If our total estimated cost meets you budget, we can move to the next step - a detailed specification with my prices for each and every item. Please leave your contact details and we will contact you within one working day.