Compatible region(s): England & Wales Northern Ireland

Contracting with a builder (pack)

This pack provides the key documents required to create a basic legal record of the agreement you make with a builder when you engage their services for work.  It provides a request for work estimations that should be completed in order to document the scope of the work that will be undertaken for the agreed price, and a small scale contract that will dictate the terms under which the work will proceed.
See the individual information associated with each document in this pack for a full description of their use.

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Request an estimate or quotation from a builder (Guidance Notes)
Use this letter to request an estimate or a quotation from a builder for undertaking building work. An estimate is an educated guess at what a job may cost, whilst a quotation is a fixed price for the work completed. You may find that a builder is more likely to give you an estimate than a quotation - this document includes guidance about how you might convert an estimate into a quotation. There is also information about how to assess whether the estimate/quotation you have been given is a good price for the work involved.
Small-scale building contract (Guidance Notes)

This document is a contract for a contractor to carry out small-scale building work to a residential property. It is intended for use by the owner of the property or the contractor. It should only be used where the owner lives in (or intends to live in) the property as a residence. It is not suitable for:

  • construction of a new house or flat
  • construction where the services of an architect or engineer are being used
  • building work done in the course or furtherance of a business or to a building used for commercial purposes
  • property occupied by tenants or licensees
  • properties owned by businesses or by more than 4 individuals

This contract is suitable for use in the UK only.

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