Writing down your needs in a ‘Schedule of Work’ is the best way to ensure that prospective contractors provide you with prices based on a level playing field.

The next problem is to ensure that their work is of a fair quality and here a ‘Contract’ can help. There are many Forms of Contract.

The Contract which we normally use is the JCT Agreement for Minor Building Works. This is particularly good for commercial work.

But domestic work, and the contractors who specialise in this kind of work, are usually more comfortable with a simpler Contract such as the JCT Building Contract for a Home Owner.

These can be obtained from the following suppliers:

 RICS Books

CIP Limited

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