University of Missouri Extension

G1702, Reviewed October 1993

Agreement Between Homeowner and Builder

Ralph L. Ricketts
Department of Agricultural Engineering

When families build or remodel their homes, they usually hire a contractor or a carpenter. Most of the business relations between such parties are good.

However, when a good relationship fails, the cause is usually a misunderstanding about construction or other phases of the improvement. Generally these unfortunate situations can be avoided by having a complete understanding and agreement about the job before it starts. Open communication is necessary at all stages.

The purpose of this guide is to help establish good business relations between the owner and builder, to bring about maximum efficiency during construction and to result in lower costs and a well-built home.

For planning — before you start construction — follow these steps:

The importance of hiring a good builder can't be overemphasized. You can profit from your builder's knowledge.

Your family members have certain ideas they want incorporated in the plan. In deciding which ideas will be used, the owner and builder should talk over as many phases of the proposed plan as possible.

The checklist in this guide will help you discuss the job with the builder. Note each decision in the space provided. Not all items apply to all jobs. Two lists can be used so the family and contractor can each keep a copy. This is not intended to be used as a contract, but it should help eliminate misunderstandings.

If you plan to do your own construction, the sheet may be helpful because it points out specific items you need to decide on. In addition, inquire at your local MU Extension center about other guides and information on planning and carrying out your building project.

Checklist for builder and homeowner

1. Foundations

Footing
Depth below ground


Mix


Width


Thickness


Foundation wall
Thickness


Mix


Reinforcing


Piers
Width


Length


Thickness


Spacing


Material


Reinforcing


Girders
Material and size


Crawl space
Clearance


Access


Groundcover


Foundation vents


Waterproofing basement walls


Window wells


Tile around footing


Outlet


Termite protection


2. Exterior walls

Sheathing


Corner bracing


Siding (type and other information)


Exterior paint
Number of coats


Type of paint


3. Floor framing

Joists
Size


Spacing


Concrete slab
Thickness


Reinforcing


Perimeter insulation


Vapor barrier


Fill under slab


Material


4. Subfloor

Material


Thickness


5. Ceiling framing

Joists
Size


Spacing


6. Roof framing

Rafters
Size


Spacing


Roof trusses
Spacing


7. Sheathing

Type


Thickness


Roofing
Material


Weight


Thickness and other specifications


Flashing material


8. Gutters and downspouts

Size


Shape


Material


Weight


Painting


Splash blocks or downspout extensions


9. Interior walls

Material


Thickness


Finish


Paper


Type of paint


Number of coats


10. Flooring by rooms (material and other specifications)

Kitchen


Living room


Dining room


Bath


Hallways


Utility room


Bedrooms


11. Bathroom fixtures

Make, color, type, etc.


12. Interior doors and trim

Doors
Type


Thickness


Finish


Door trim
Type


Material


Size


Finish


Special doors (closets, etc.)


13. Exterior doors

Material


Width


Thickness


Finish


Screen doors


14. Windows

Type


Make


Material


Trim
Type


Material


Size


Screens and/or Storm sash


Shutters


Basement windows
Type


Make


Material


Size


Finish


Screen


15. Cabinets and equipment

Size, material, length, finish, etc.


Make and model, etc. of kitchen equipment


16. Stairs

Material, rise, run, finish, handrail, etc.


17. Plumbing

House drain
Material


Size


Water piping
Material


Size


Water heater
Type


Make or model


Size


Gas piping
Material


Size


18. Heating and ventilating

Type of heat (fuel)
Make


BTU


Ducts


Other information


Chimney for heating system
Material


Size


Air conditioning
Size, make, ducts, etc.


Fireplace
Type


Solid fuel


Gas burning


Opening and other dimensions


Circulator


Flue size


Damper


Ash dump


Ventilating fans
Kitchen


Bath


Attic


19. Electric wiring

Fuse box


Circuit breaker


Number of branch circuits


Size wire


Number of wall outlets


Special outlets


20. Insulation

Floor
"R" value


Vapor seal


Material


Wall
"R" value


Vapor seal


Material


Ceiling
"R" value


Vapor seal


Material


Blown or batt


Other


21. Porches




22. Garage

Size


Depth of foundation


Doors
Type




Material




Finish




Outside and inside lighting


Other information


23. Sewage disposal

Septic tank


Size


Location


Disposal field


Other


24. Walks







25. Drives, landscaping, etc.







26. Miscellaneous













G1702, reviewed October 1993

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