6 Important Construction Contract Documents for Every Project

Did you know that nearly 7.6 million Americans work in the construction industry? 

As a construction worker, you’ve got significant competition when it comes to securing clients. Fortunately, there are also millions of Americans that want to commission a new construction project in 2022 and beyond. 

To appear professional and protect your interests legally, there are a few vital construction contract documents you need to provide for every job.

Read on to avoid tricky miscommunications or legal battles with these tips. 

1. Construction Contract Agreement

Your contract is the fundamental agreement between you as the contractor and the client. The contract should state general terms and conditions and refer to other (more niche) documents that you will attach to the contract agreement.

2. Statement of Work 

The statement of work (or Scope of Work) is a clearly defined list of what work you will complete. 

You must include who is responsible for each task, the techniques you will use complete it, and what materials you will use. 

Make sure to state how you will handle any changes to the order that either party requests. 

3. Work Schedule 

Construction projects are notorious for running over time and budget. You should provide the client with a detailed timeline of the construction project. 

For each milestone, add details of what could impact progression (lack of materials, labor, weather, etc.) and how you will proceed in this case. 

4. General Conditions 

The general conditions part of the contract should be written simply so that the client can easily understand them. 

It states which party is responsible for different parts of the project, each party’s rights, and how any disputes will be handled. 

5. Bill of Quantities and Cost Estimate

Typically, the client absorbs the cost of all materials on a construction project. Therefore, it is vital that you detail exactly what is needed, in what quantity, and the price—additionally, detail where it will be purchased from. 

Then, include the cost of labor. Finally, provide your total project cost estimate. 

Ensure that you stipulate that the cost is estimated and could change as the project progresses. 

6. Drawings 

Drawings are one of the types of contract documents that several people do not include. However, including graphics is a fantastic way to draw the whole project together and show your competence and forethought. 

You should get as built drawings to give your client a visual representation of the work you’ll carry out. These drawings will also provide vital information for other contractors. 

Stay on Top of Construction Contract Documents

With this list of vital construction contract documents, you’ll appear professional and protect yourself against legal disputes. It may seem like a lot of work to prepare each of these documents, but you can prepare a template for each, and it won’t take too long! (Or hire someone to do it for you).

Did you find this article helpful? If so, check out our other posts for more essential business advice. 

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