Hiring a professional to complete building work for you can be both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. You want to make sure that the end result you have in your head is what you are going to get. You also want the building journey to be as stress free as possible. We are going to say right now that you are likely to come across some unexpected obstacles along the way. But making sure you think before you sign a building contact can make these obstacles easier to overcome.

The aim of this article is to help you identify some of the major points you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line. Hopefully, you will find this information useful, if you are thinking of having building work completed.

Are there any problems in the area where you will be building?

You cannot always tell whether where you are planning to build is suitable. There may be issues with the terrain, or hidden obstacles, that you really need to know about. For this reason, it’s a good idea to hire a construction surveyor to complete a survey of the area. You may even want to consider having the project managed for you.

Have timeframes been agreed?

You need to make sure that timeframes for the completion of each stage of the building work have been agreed and written into the contract. If you do not make sure this happens you have no comeback if work is significantly delayed.

Have payment details been agreed?

It’s normal to pay a percentage of the total cost of the project up front, with other payments being made at agreed intervals, and the balance being due on completion. You need to make sure that you are completely happy with the payment arrangements that have been reflected in the contract before you sign.

Are there any additional charges?

No-one wants to be surprised by additional charges that they were not expecting. This is why you need to ensure that the cost of all aspects of the work is included in the contract. Obviously, you can expect reasonable increases in cost if necessary; you may want to include this sort of exception in the contract.

What are the risks?

Every building project comes with some associated risk. It’s a good idea to talk about potential risks with the builder and to ensure that plans and mitigations are included in the contract.

These are all important points to consider before you sign a building contract. If you are unsure about the contract you are being asked to sign, you may want to speak to a legal professional and get some help. Never feel pressured into signing until you are ready. Building work can cost a significant amount of money to complete. You do not want to put this type of investment at risk, just because you rushed into signing a contract.