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Contract with a builder

  • 26-04-2023 3:33pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5


    We are starting construction on our new build with a main contractor. The build will bring it to a mostly finished house (kitchen, flooring, bathrooms included). We've agreed the price with the builder and have a very detailed financial workbook which outlines everything the builder is doing and the associated cost - including some unfixed allowances. We also have the final construction drawings and specification booklet by the engineer which has been agreed to by the builder.

    The builder got started on preparing the site last week which is great for us to get going. I'm wondering if we need to also sign a contract with the builder? It was mentioned in the meetings we had while agreeing prices and specs but we haven't discussed it since. Is it something I should be pushing for? Is there a standard building contract that anyone would recommend?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,293 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    YES, get a contract signed.

    Make sure you tie down also what stage payments are required when and have your engineer review this to ensure payments are not front loaded in any way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 340 ✭✭NattyO

    If you are using an architect then they will normally use either the blue or yellow form of contract depending on whether quantities are included or not.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,126 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    They mention an engineer, so not using an architect.

    A significant problem with "engineers" in Ireland. Is that they typically jump into domestic constriction form structural or civil engineering. And have little to no training or experience in contract administration.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 jske

    Thanks everyone. Our engineer provided a draft contract. The engineers are designers / architects as well but for our build they are just acting as the engineer (they didn't design the house).