With your Free General Contractor Agreement a lot of the hassles of renovating or building can be avoided if you "Get it in Writing"!
You may think that a verbal agreement will be good enough for a small job such as erecting a fence or adding a deck. The possibility of dispute still exists though so it will make sense to download your sample Contractor Agreement and edit it for your specific project.
Whether it is a relatively large or only a small job, and especially if you are an owner-builder, you can reduce your risks if all aspects are detailed and agreed upon beforehand in your contracts.
Quite often unnecessary frustrations, disagreements and possible lawsuits could have been avoided if all requirements were understood by all parties and formalized in your contractor agreement.
From the outset you should have a written agreement with the person responsible for your design on what you will get, with regards to detailed drawings, bill of quantities, statutory permits and approvals etc.
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Sidebar: If you need an agreement in an employment situation for an independent contractor, please refer to our Employment Contracts - the free Independent Contractor Agreement or Fixed-Term Employment Contract should be ideal for you.
Selecting the Right Contractor
Prior to commencement, the following must be established:
Your Contractor Agreement can best protect your interests if you tailor it to your unique requirements.
If however, the contractor insists on supplying the construction agreement, it does not mean you have to accept it in its entirety. Many clauses can be negotiated, deleted or altered.
Strike any clauses that are not in your best interests. Clauses that you may wish to add should be in the form of an addendum to the document. If you are not comfortable with the language, meaning or possible interpretations of any part of the contractor agreement, have it reviewed by a lawyer.
Your general contractor agreement must cover:
Examples of clauses to delete:
"The owner agrees to pay any increases in labor or material costs which may come into effect after signature of the agreement"
"Should any of the specified materials not be available for any reason the general contractor reserves the right to substitute with similar materials"
It should also clearly state which part of the work is not covered by the general contractor e.g. they might fit window frames, but will not be responsible for the glazing.
Your comprehensive general contractor agreement can ensure that building, remodeling or renovating your home or business does not turn into a nightmare.
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