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Builder costs disputes - project budget issues

Understanding the cost of a building project is vitally important to a homeowner so that they can properly budget and ensure they have enough money to be able to complete the works within their means.

The cost of building works can be influenced by various factors.It will be important to understand whether the building contractor has given you a fixed price contract quotation or estimate in relation to the works you have asked them to price.It may well be that the quotation/estimate will only be valid for a certain period of time.

The terms of the contract may also contain clauses dealing with price fluctuations which may also enable the builder to increase the price on the project.


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Building contract variations

Any variations to the contract at the request of the instructing homeowner is also likely to increase the costs of the works and therefore it is important that you get the builder to quote the cost prior to instructing them to carry out the works.

In the absence of any express terms and conditions then a builder is entitled to charge a reasonable price for the works.However, it is always prudent to obtain an agreement before agreeing any works to be carried out to avoid a dispute over the costs of building works.

Disputes over the costs of building works on a home improvement project will differ on a case-by-case basis.Each case will therefore need to be considered on its own facts.

If you have a dispute with your builder over the price of the works you should take early independent legal advice in the event the dispute cannot be amicably resolved.Refusing to make payment in circumstances when payment is justified can have draconian consequences on a homeowner in their ability to claim damages or defend any claim which a builder may take for monies, they say are due and owing.

If you think you may have a claim and wish to discuss it with us, please telephone our specialist team on 01616 966 229, or complete our online enquiry form and someone will respond to you as soon as possible. 

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