Why is it essential to have a building contract in place between client and builder?

Weekly Topic – Quality and design liability

  • A standard building contract specifies the quality of work and specification to ensure all parties understand what is required.
  • If the quality of the work is not in line with the building contract and some work is identified as defective, the contract will dictate the procedure to be followed to rectify the defective works.
  • A contract will specify who is responsible for the design liability of the project (e.g. architect, structural engineer or builder). If there is defective work due to poor design, then it is clear under the contract who is responsible for that design.
  • A quantity surveyor can give specialist advice on building contracts.