The Most Important Elements of a Construction Contract,
for construction loans
loans are a little more paperwork intensive than purchase money
loans. Every construction loans has a part known as the builder’s
A Builder’s package includes items such
as; a builder’s statement or resume which includes things like
previous experience references and credit and banking references, a
line item cost breakdown, a materials list and last but not least a
require a borrower to enter into a written contract with a
builder/contractor. The following is a list of items that every
good contract should have.
A line item cost breakdown is an
integral part of a construction contract and such it should be
referred to at all times. It is common for a homeowner to change
some specification or other and it is highly recommended that a firm
change order be written in these cases.
Construction contract is a written agreement between the borrower
and the builder for services to be provided by the builder for a
properly written and customary contract contains*:
A clear statement outlining the responsibilities each party will
The date of the contract, the scheduled dates for commencement and
completion of construction of the project . An event date, rather
than the actual date, is sometimes acceptable.
The amount of payment the builder is to receive for each stage of
construction, as well as under what conditions it will be received,
such as passing inspection etc... If the property is located in a
state that charges sales tax, the contract must specify whether the
amount includes state sales tax.
Proper reference to a completed and signed Line item cost breakdown
and list of materials..
A payment method that is compatible with the line item cost
breakdown and the disbursement procedures of the investor.
Provisions for possible changes to plans or specifications by
appropriate change orders. Since most construction loans have a
contingency provision a cost over run may be paid for using that
Full identification of all parties and definition of all names used
in the contract (contractor, owner, subcontractors and architect).
Architect's responsibility, if any.
Signatures of the borrower and contractor.
The property's numerical street address or full legal description.
Note that construction loans are reimbursement loans. See the full
FAQ pages for information on how the distribution is made.
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