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go out to tender, you need to give the contractor as much information as possible. In the absence of information, the contractor is subject to make assumptions. You do not wish to allow too many loopholes, which can lead to problems during and after construction.

The contract document should give instructions that would indicate to contractors whether they are bidding based on full labor and materials, or providing all labor, services, scaffolding, plant, and equipment.

The architect must be knowledegable to advise the homeowner how to offer this package to the contractor.

Selecting a Contractor

There are some very good contractors, and there are some contractors who are less competent. The client needs to know what he/she is looking for when selecting a contractor. You have to invite him or her to tender. The following are some of the characteristics of a good contractor: -

  • Good management skills,

  • Adequate scheduling of every stage of the project,

  • Honest,

  • Affordable,

  • Approachable,

  • Good track record,

  • Timeliness in his/her delivery of work,

  • Experience in this type of project.

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