TEAM was set up by Paul Smart following many years of operating his own building construction company. After nearly 35 years' experience in the industry, Paul is now offering his building specialist expertise and experience to help Clients embarking on a building project with a low cost Building Contract Quality Review Service.
Avoid Building Disputes - Quality check your Building Contract before you sign it
The biggest risk to your Building Project (Extension, Renovation, Conversion or New Build) is the quality of your Building Contract - this could be your 2nd largest lifetime investment so you need to protect it!
Get it wrong and your investment can be wasted and you will become embroiled in a building dispute that can create massive emotional stress and consume huge amounts of time and energy to resolve, often unsatisfactorily.
Get it right and your project has a high chance of running smoothly and being successfully completed to an agreed cost, quality and on time with the least amount of hassle.
Check the Terms and Conditions of your Building Contract to avoid Building Disputes
Building Disputes that go to County Court typically take 18 months or more and are often unsuccessful due to weaknesses in the Building Contract and supporting processes.
Building Disputes that use the Adjudication process can reach resolution quickly, usually within a month.
You therefore need to make sure your Building Contract has the correct Terms and Conditions to use the Adjudication Process to Resolve a Building Dispute.
A Building Contract has to work for both parties - the Client (Customer who sponsors the work and owns the vision for the project) and the Contractor (Supplier of the finished building work to meet the specified quality requirements, time and budget).
Architects are specialists in capturing the vision for the project and turning it into design drawings and specifications, but not in building contract law.
Thatís why you need to have an independent and objective Quality Review of your Building Contract to make sure it is completely fit for purpose for both parties, before you sign and start the building work.
The idea of this service is to help Clients correctly setup their Building Contract to:
Avoid the pitfalls of an incomplete or poorly worded Building Contract.
Ensure the correct type of Building Contract (Terms and Conditions) is being used for the scope of the Building Project
Review Valuations and Work Rates to ensure that they are fair and reasonable in the event of any Contract Variations
Check that all the documents relating to the Building Contract Package (Specifications, Building Regulations, Drawings, Contract, Planning Permissions, Party Wall Agreements, etc.) are complete, integrated and watertight.
Understand the respective responsibilities of both the Client and the Contractor before signing the Building Contract.
Manage the Building Project and any changes or variations clearly and efficiently.
Ensure payment terms are clearly set out (Do not pay a deposit to the contractor until the contract is finalised.)
At TEAM we always want to make our service contracts clear and transparent so we offer a low cost staged 'pay-as-you-go' (no obligation to continue) Building Contract Quality Review Service.
Paul will discuss any concerns or issues you currently have with your Building Project and how the Building Contract Quality Review Service would benefit the success of your project.
Paul will Quality Review the existing Building Contract (Quotation, Estimate, Tender) with any related project documentation and then:
Propose the correct type of Building Contract and check that the important legal terms are included to ensure Adjudication can be exercised quickly in the event of a Building Dispute.
Check the scope of the Building Contract against Specifications, Drawings, Schedule of Works, Valuations, Work Rates, Management of Variations, Completion and Project Closure, Quality Standards, etc.
Make a list of Recommendations to improve the Quality of the Building Contract to prevent Payment, Time and Quality issues arising during the project
Paul will then prepare the Building Contract Package by:
Working with the Client and Contractor to create an updated Building Contract which incorporates all the Quality Recommendations.
Integrating the Specifications, Drawings, Building Contract, Planning Permissions, and Party Wall Agreements into a watertight Building Contracts Package ready for signing.
Paul will arrange a meeting with the Client and the Contractor to explain the Building Contract Package to both parties, and their respective responsibilities, prior to the signing of the contract.
Paul will discuss arrangements for Contract Administration with the Client and the Contractor. The cost will depend on the scope of the Building Project - typically an agreed fixed cost or percentage fee based on the project budget is charged.