Creating A Well Written And Detailed Construction Proposal
Regardless of the cost of a project a written construction contract protects all parties involved.
A well written construction contract clearly details and “paints a picture” of what you are promising to do. Details in this proposal include specific materials, payment schedule and costs.
A professional and well-written contract not only portrays you in a professional light but protects you and your client from misunderstandings and conflict.
A construction contract should always be specific with regard to the scope of work. This protects you from having to do work you had no original intention of doing. You know what I mean that dreaded “I assumed you were also going to do X, Y and Z?” or even worse “ I thought that was included.”
Those comments usually accompany a client holding back the last payment until you agree to do something for them that you never agreed to but they “assumed” it was covered.
How do you protect from that? By providing the client a well written and detailed scope of work proposal!
Not only does a detailed proposal protect you from having to do extra work it ensures that you can charge for any extra work not originally agreed on. Extra things like add on items, changes mid-project and the dreaded hidden conditions.
Spend Time On The Scope Of Work:
Most of my construction proposal is a template and I fill in the blanks on the owner information, payments, start and finish dates, etc. The scope of work section is where I spend most of my time ad is where you should pay the MOST attention to.
This is by far the MOST IMPORTANT section of the contract and you need to be as detailed as possible.
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