A scope of work is a formal written document that covers everything required to complete a construction project. It is provided in addition to the construction contract and serves as the reference point for accountability and guidance for the duration of the project. In short, it outlines absolutely everything, from the supplies needed to the timeline. Not only does it help to keep everyone on the same page, but it can also be used to settle any disputes that may arise.
There’s no set length for a scope of work, and often the amount of detail is defined by the size and complexity of the construction project. If it's a large document, it can feel overwhelming. However, we recommend that you pay particular attention to the following items:
This section will define everything that the project needs to achieve. It should set clear and achievable objectives that leave no room for interpretation or dispute. Make sure this section includes everything that you want to be completed. If it isn’t mentioned, your contractor isn’t under any obligation to do it. Anything you want to be done in addition to this will likely incur additional charges.
Coordination of Phases
If you are undertaking a complex renovation, the scope of work should include a schedule that determines when each stage of the project can begin and when different contractors will be able to start work. It will also highlight who is responsible for managing each contractor. Typically, this will be the project manager or the homeowner.
Often, construction work will need to be approved by local councils or the state before work can start. This section will cover what approval, if any, needs to be obtained and the timeline and steps needed to obtain it. It will also cover which party is responsible for acquiring the approval.
What’s needed to complete your project? Are you aware of what your contractor is buying? Here’s where you can find a breakdown of everything that will need to be purchased. This doesn’t just allow you to make sure that you aren’t spending money on things you don’t need, it also lets you confirm that your contractor is aware of every feature and appliance they need to install.
You will probably have already confirmed a budget with your contractor when getting quotes. Of course, this is a construction project and these things have a nasty habit of going over budget. This section of the scope of work is where any additional budget allowances are outlined. It will also detail how the additional budget can be used and whether the contractor needs sign-off from the homeowner to spend it.
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