You have a couple of options for creating a contract, each with unique pros and cons.
The most obvious is to ask a lawyer to draw one up for you. This gives you the certainty that the contract is legally enforceable. However, this can be expensive and isn’t really necessary, unless your requirements are particularly complicated. Remember that you can keep costs down by asking a lawyer to look over a contract you’ve already drawn up yourself.
A solution used by many self-builders is to rely on a standard contract. There are many resources online where you will be able to find a contract that suits you. Obviously, you need to be careful that the source you use is reputable and UK focused. The JCT (Joint Contract Tribunal)
has been creating construction contracts for over 90 years and have an excellent downloadable contract for self-builders. You can also look at Contract Store
who offer a package of simple self-building contracts too.
You can also forgo a contract in favour of a summary appointment that you create yourself. You should put together a complete paper trail of the process. Including details of the meetings and documentation like quotes and architectural drawings and any emails that have passed between you. You’ll also need to get written acknowledgement of receipt from the other party and their total agreement that your summary is accurate.
At Potton, our experts are ready to help you get the most out of your self build by making sure you have all the knowledge and support you need. Contact us today to discuss your project.