Builder's contract: short version
A very simple contract for a general builder to use for every domestic or business client. Very easy to use. Helps to protect against claims and get money in. Use whether you are self employed as individual or work through a company. Comes with extensive notes explaining every item and leaving you simply to choose and use.
- Solicitor approved
- Plain English makes editing easy
- Guidance notes included
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About this builder contract
This is a simple form of builder contract for a self employed general builder to use for every domestic or small business client. Very easy to use. Helps to protect against claims and get money in. Use whether you are self employed as individual or work through a company. Comes with extensive notes explaining every item and leaving you simply to choose and use.
This contract has been kept simple so that you can use it even on a very small job. You can put this to your client and say “This is what we have agreed. Sign here.” You do not want to be embarrassed in presenting ten pages of legalese. We are giving you a document you can print on two sides of A4.
This builder contract covers just those areas where you most need legal strength: limiting your liability if things go wrong, cash collection, payment for extras, no posting on social networks. Of course, with the wide Net Lawman experience of the real World, there are a few more helpful points too.
This contract also contains drafting notes to make quite clear what the text means and to advise you on choosing from the options we give.
As a builder, you need protection. If you have not arranged for up front payment you are always at risk that your client will not pay. We give you the option of several alternative payment procedures from all up front to all on credit.
Limitation of liability features large in this contract. Helps to protect you from a client who thinks he is too clever.
Alternatives to this builder contract
This contract is a very simple version, most suitable for a sole trader. If you want something more suitable for a larger contract, look at Small works contract for builder.
Contents of this builder contract
- All about the contract: ground rules
- Special factors which the client should be aware of
- Builder’s payment: model terms
- Builder’s payment: alternative payment arrangements
- Safety and insurance
- Confidentiality: no using social networks
- Limitation of liability
- Uncontrollable events (just in case you need it)
- Miscellaneous legal matters
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current New Zealand law.
What other customers thought
Average customer rating
By Paul Libby 14 September 2016
It is easy to understand and had everything that we needed.Also it is affordable.The service was great and we will have no hesitation using Net Lawman again.
By Gillian Allen 01 November 2015
I did not have any concerns using Net Lawman. It gave me what I was looking for and most importantly easy to understand to both parties of a contract.
I would definitely recommend Net Lawman for the reasons stated. Also, cost wise.........affordable.
By Johnny Taione 10 August 2015
Short enough yet cover both my company and the builder. Will seek contracts in the future from net law.
By Craig McConnell 24 June 2015
My biggest concern with using Net Lawman was the document I downloaded was not applicable or written in a way I couldn't understand. The document I choose was completely the opposite. It was long enough to cover all the basic points I required, very clearly marked as to where input was required and or removed. We used the completed document and it has been accepted as the contract we will proceed our build with. Highly recommend this service and the products available.
By David Trim 30 May 2016
I was wanting more precise trading terms rather than contract of engagement.
Net Lawman responds 13 June 2016
The document you chose is a simple version. We have now given you a more comprehensive document which should suit you.
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