Do I need a Contract?

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Do I Need A Contract?

Do I Need A Contract With My Builder For A Home Extension Or Building Renovation Project?

It is common to find in smaller residential building projects that there is no formal written agreement been made between the homeowner and the builder.

Instead, the requirements for a contract to exist (offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to create legal relations) are satisfied through a combination of quotations, exchanges of emails, telephone calls, meetings and invoices. 

This creates a number of difficulties in establishing what is being done, when it will be done, and how much it will eventually cost and how it will be paid for. We suggest you understand your statutory rights, they dictate the terms of the contract, price of the service and service to be supplied.

For that reason, it is important to make sure you have spent the time to make sure an appropriate contract that details your project is in place before work is started it could help avoid expensive and time-consuming disputes at a later stage if issues or disputes arise during the work.

There are many different types of standard form contracts for projects involving work on a home. It is possible to use a bespoken contract as the choice of contract can be governed by the needs of the parties and the project. In either case, the contract would need to be suitably updated to keep track of any changes in the consumer law regime.

Verbal Contracts

A builder needs to take care when they make any verbal statement or what assurances that they give to the homeowners when you are deciding to enter into the contract or making a decision about the work after entering into the contract.

If you can show that you have taken those comments into account when entering into agreement with the builder and you may later bring a claim for breach of contract.

With that in mind, clear contract terms are more important than ever and even construction staff must be careful in what assurances they give at all times to the homeowners. This includes any quotations or promises of the results to be achieved.

It is always in both parties best interest to have a formal written contract which are easy to find on the internet.

Failure to comply with any such statements may entitle the homeowner to a right of re-performance or a price reduction if the term does not relate to the service.

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