Contracts for Home Improvements February 12, 2020 Denise Rawrki Selecting a Builder – You can get quotes from a few different builders. It is your right to shop around. Ask to see some references and previous work. Don’t always look at price. Check for insurance as mentioned above and ask for proof on this. Remember your home is your castle after all and you want the best tradesmen to work on it. Contract – Once you have selected the appropriate builder, get a contract drawn up right from the start. Therefore you all know where you stand. Some builders will have their own contracts so be sure to read this through thoroughly. You need the details of both you and the builders, where the work will be carried out and the cost of the repair or building work. Beware of builders who will not enter into a contract. Unforeseen Charges – Be mindful that there maybe other work which is not stated in the contract. Sometimes there are complications and extra work needs to be carried out. In this situation, get a price and add this either to the contract or have it put in writing for your records. Start and Finish – Any building work will cause some form of up evil, so try to have a deadline for the work to be carried out and agree to this with your builder and have the start and finish dates in your contract. This is helpful so you can claim for any damages if the work goes on for longer than the finish date. Termination of Contract – This may occur so if either you or the builder wishes to terminate the contract, make sure you have an agreement before the work is started if the situation arises. Sorting Out Disputes – Even though you have a contract this doesn’t actually mean there will be no problems along the way. Things can go wrong and if they do communicate with the builder and make sure you always have written evidence for your records. Most problems can be resolved like this, don’t let it get to a state where the work is stopped and the builder leaves the site.