This Homeowners Building Contract is designed for use where a UK homeowner wants to hire a builder or other tradesman to carry out works on their domestic residence.
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Up-to-date with April 2015 Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations
This Homeowners Building Contract has been drafted for use where a residential occupier (the Customer) wants to hire a tradesman (the Principal Contractor) to carry out minor works to the house or flat which is (or will be) their home. The contract can be used by either the Customer or the Contractor for sites in England, Wales or Scotland.
The building contract is suitable for works up to the value of £50,000 and can be used for extensions, minor alterations, conversions, maintenance and repair work.
It's a good idea have a written contract when doing home improvements since it will help avoid misunderstandings by providing a clear definition of what work is included, the cost and key project dates. As a homeowner, it's especially important to have a written contract to provide protection from unscrupulous tradesmen. A homeowner should be wary of engaging a builder who is not willing to have a written contract.
This document sets out the precise arrangements for the work and provides for a seven day cooling off period after signing.
You can view an online sample of the Homeowners Building Contract by following this link: View sample
This Homeowners Building Contract is suitable for use in England, Wales and Scotland. As well as comprehensive guidance notes it includes the following clauses:
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If you are actually are a builder then may wish to view Builder - Standard Terms & Conditions - standard T&Cs for a builder undertaking minor building works. A doorstep selling version of the Builders Terms and Conditions is also available.