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.
This Homeowners Building Contract is suitable for use in England, Wales and Scotland. As well as comprehensive guidance notes it includes the following clauses:
- the works
- customer obligations
- principal contractor obligations
- timing of works
- payment terms
- dispute resolution
- warranties and liabilities
- site details and approvals schedule
- fees schedule.