As we begin to start replacing the timbers and joists in Wallgate, Wigan it is a sensible time to start thinking about the second fix. The building contract we created at the start for the project contains our building specification. The ‘specifications describe the products, materials, and work required by a construction contract’ www.designingbuildings.co.uk and we create this document in-house. But this document can be created by a building surveyor and can vary in costs from £1,500 to £50,000 +VAT depending on depth and size of the project.
It is vital to any project so that you can ensure the building quotes you are comparing are like for like, that your idea of finish is the same as what the builder is quoting for, and it also acts as a document to base any legal action on if things do not work out.
Here are a few steps on how to write a clear specification
Create a clear definition of the quality needed, what materials you want to be used and how they should be installed, finished or tested.
A detailed specification along with supportive drawings makes sure that ideas and costs and conveyed to all in the way intend for them to be received
Information to ensure accurate pricing
Give clear instructions so that the specification can be used as an ‘on-site instruction manual
Minimise risk by stating the requirements so it is harder, down the line, to dispute things
Make it legally binding
Create a useful resource for facilities management
Save time and money as the clear instruction and information will ensure you do not have to repeat yourself to the contractor.
How are the advantages for creating a specification?
It takes a lot of work to create a building specification but there are many advantages
the specification will give you a level playing field when comparing quotes
you can ensure that your idea of a top end bathroom is the same as the builder and will fit your end client. This is especially important when working with a builder for the first time.
having this document allows you to have something to fall back on if things do go sour between you and the builder as it can help with legal proceedings.
you can also use the specification list to create a building contract. This will allow you to measure the builders performance as you progress through the project and states what happens if timings overrun or how extras are dealt with.
There could be a demand stipulated by a financial lender that a building specification is needed.
It is the role of the developer to make sure that the builder knows what your requirements are at the start of the project. Using a job specification allows you to state in writing your requirements so there are no misunderstandings.
We feel it is vital for all projects regardless of size to have a specification document, and the time taken to create such a document is certainly time well spent.