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

 




 

 




 

 




 

 




 

 

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