Short Form Construction Contract

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									Short Form Construction
Contract
This Short Form Construction Contract is a basic and concise agreement between a
client and a contractor for construction services. This contract contains all of the
necessary clauses and specifies the description of the work, time-lines, schedules,
payment details, and warranties. This agreement is ideal for small businesses that offer
construction services. In addition, this contract can be used by individuals or small
businesses that want to hire a contractor to perform construction services.
                         CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
THIS CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT (hereinafter referred to as the “Contract”) is hereby
made on this ______________________ [Instructions: Insert the date of this contract] by and
between _____________________ [Instructions: Insert the Client’s name] (hereinafter
“Client”) with an address of _______________________________ [Instructions: Insert the
Client’s address] and _____________________ [Instructions: Insert the Contractor’s name]
(hereinafter “Contractor”) with an address of _______________________________,
[Instructions: Insert the Contractor’s address] collectively referred to herein as the “Parties.”

1. ENGAGEMENT/DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK

1.1     Client engages Contractor and Contractor agrees to provide to Client all necessary
services,     materials,     and      labor     necessary      for      the     completion      of
_______________________________ [Instructions: Insert a short description of the
construction project] (the “Project”) including, but not limited to, all building and construction
materials, requisite labor and site security, and all necessary tools and machinery needed for
project completion. All construction materials should be new and of the highest quality, unless
previously specified by Client.

1.2    This Contract shall be comprised of the following: this Construction Contract, Conditions
of the Contract, Addenda, Drawings, Photos or other visual representations of the proposed
work, and the written Modifications attached to this Contract, properly signed and witnessed, all
of which are attached hereto as Exhibits.

2. SCHEDULE AND TIME OF PERFORMANCE

2.1    Contractor will begin work on ______________________ [Instructions: Insert the
construction start date] to be completed by ______________________. [Instructions: Insert
the construction completion date]

2.2    In the event that Client and Contractor agree on changes to the Project after this Contract
is executed, the Parties will agree to new time deadlines that are reasonable in light of the
modifications.

3. PAYMENT SCHEDULE

3.1    In consideration of the performance of this Contract, Client agrees to pay Contractor on
the following payment schedule for the services: _________________________________.
[Instructions: Insert the payment schedule]

4. COMPLETION

4.1  Contractor sets the following schedule for work completion, with various project stages
to be completed on specified dates: ________________________________________.


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[Instructions: Insert the project stages]

5. CHANGES TO THE WORK

5.1     All changes or modifications to the work ordered by Client must be made in writing, with
appropriate adjustments made to the total payment and payment schedule. The approval of both
Parties shall be required for substantial project changes such as the date of completion, project
price, and substantive modifications to the project itself, and notification of these changes must
be made in a timely manner.

5.2    If these changes should require additional expense to Contractor, Contractor must make a
claim for increase in payment, in writing, to Client, in a timely manner. Client must approve this
claim for increase in writing prior to any changes to the work, project, or schedule.

6. DELAYS

6.1     If Contractor is delayed from completing required work due to unavoidable casualties,
Client shall grant Contractor an extension for the completion of work equal to the delay.
Unavoidable casualties include, but are not limited to, fire, flood or natural disasters, delayed
acquisition of materials or material delivery, and negligence on the part of Client.

6.2     In the event of unavoidable casualties, Contractor shall properly document both the event
and the impact of that event on project completion. Documentation shall be presented to Client
in a timely manner.

7. ACCESS AND CONDITION OF PREMISES

7.1     Free access to the work and project site shall be granted by Contractor to Client, Client’s
Representative, the designated agents of Client and Client’s Representative, and all necessary
public authorities.

7.2     Contractor agrees to keep the premises clean and orderly. Contractor shall remove all
debris as needed during the hours of work in order to maintain work conditions free of health or
safety hazards.

8. WORK PERFORMANCE AND WORK QUALITY

8.1     Contractor shall conduct its activities in a professional manner and adhere to the
reasonable wishes of Client in relation to its working schedule. Additionally, Contractor’s work
shall adhere to and be in compliance with both the Standard Practices of the Trades and any
relevant Manufacturers Specifications.

8.2    Contractor shall protect all work adjacent to the Project site from any damage resulting
from the work of Contractor and shall repair or replace any damaged work at its own expense.
Contractor shall take all precautions to protect persons from injury and unnecessary interference
or inconvenience.



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9. WARRANTY

9.1    Contractor hereby warranties that the work performed and the Project completed will
meet the standards set forth and agreed upon by the Parties. Contractor agrees to fix and
otherwise remedy any defects found by Client in the work within ______________________
[Instructions: Insert the length of the Contractor’s warranty] at Contractor’s own cost.

9.2     Contractor is only responsible for damage resulting to the Project from negligence,
dangerous activities, intentional disregard of professional standards of care normally exercised
within the industry, or breach of any governmental statute, ordinance, local rule, or law.

10. INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY

10.1 Client agrees to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend Contractor and each individual or
entity that is an agent, affiliate, partner, officer, or stockholder of same against any and all
claims, losses, liabilities, damages, and expenses, including legal fees, fines, judgments,
settlement amounts all made in connection with, or arising from errors in any representation or
warranty made by Client under this Contract, any breach of the Contract by Client, or any
omission or negligent act or error by Client in connection with this Contract, provided that such
negligent act, omission, or error was not done at the direction of Contractor.

10.2 Contractor agrees to hold harmless, indemnify and defend Client and each individual or
entity that is an agent, affiliate, partner, officer, or stockholder of same against any and all
claims, losses, liabilities, damages, and expenses, including legal fees, fines, judgments,
settlement amounts all made in connection with, or arising from errors in any representation or
warranty made by Contractor under this Contract, any breach of the Contract by Contractor, or
any omission or negligent act or error by Contractor in connection with this Contract, provided
that such negligent act, omission, or error was not done at the direction of Client.

11. INSURANCE

11.1 Client shall be responsible for maintaining full insurance coverage on the work site in
both Client’s and Contractor’s name.

11.2 Contractor shall be responsible for insurance to protect against any property damage,
bodily injury, death, or other claims for damages that may result from the commission of the
work, including workers’ compensation insurance for its employees or sub-contractors.

12. LICENSES AND PERMITS

12.1 Contractor will be responsible for obtaining the necessary permits and licenses to fulfill
the services specified in this Contract.




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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto execute this Contract on the date specified in the
first paragraph.


CLIENT                                          CONTRACTOR



Authorized Signature                            Authorized Signature


Name and Title                                  Name and Title




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