Standard Terms & Conditions for Construction Work (B137)

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Who can use these Standard Terms & Conditions for Construction Work ?

Any business submitting a quote for building work to a potential client and/or supplying the terms and conditions on which the work will be carried out.

What are Standard Terms & Conditions for Construction Work for?

Our document comprises a Form of Quotation and some plain English Terms and Conditions. A contractor will use them when submitting a proposal for construction or building work to a client. The contract will be effective once the quotation is accepted by the client.

What are the main issues for a contractor when preparing  Standard Terms & Conditions for construction work?

Scope of work            The more detailed the scope, the more certainty there can be on the price

Priee  A contractor will price a job on the scope of work that is either supplied by the client or prepared by the contractor. And be sure to include some contingency.

Payment terms  Usually there will be a weekly or monthly invoice for the work done in the week/month and there may be an advance payment to cover cost of ordering materials etc.  Late payment will attract interest and/or allow the contractor to suspend work or cancel the contract.

Client duties  Giving the contractor access to the site, getting planning &  other consents etc.

Variations As clients do not always have a fully detailed specification and they often want changes to the work, the contract needs a mechanism to allow the contractor to vary the cost and timing of the job to deal with these.

Timing   A proposed date for start of work on site and for completion, plus a procedure for adjusting these to deal with any delay caused by the client or other external events.

Handover & Defects  Terms allowing for defects appearing in a 6 or 12 month period after completion to be rectified by the contractor and a limit on the contractor’s overall liability.

What detailed terms do these Standard Terms & Conditions for Construction Work contain?

There are 6 pages of Terms & Conditions in 11 clauses plus the form of Quotation which will contain details of the work, price etc.

The 11 clauses cover:

  • definitions
  • contract formation
  • general obligations
  • variations
  • contract price and payment
  • insurance and liability
  • duration, handover and defects liability
  • termination
  • disputes
  • materials
  • a general clause detailing notices, assignment, subcontracting, the scope of the agreement, amendment, representation, severance and waiver.

Together, the documents will create the construction contract.

While fairly balanced, the documents are designed from the contractor’s perspective. You need this document if you are a contractor submitting a quotation for construction work to a client.

For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes  which you will receive when you download the document from our website.

For information on signing documents see our Contract Signing page

When I download the document, can I change it and/or use it more than once?

Yes. You can buy it once and use it in your business for each job on which you submit a quote or use the Terms & Conditions.  All ContractStore’s templates are in MS Word. As well as filling in the details – scope of work etc., – you can issue the quotation on your company letterhead as well as alter or add to the Terms & Conditions as you wish.

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