Frequently Asked Questions - Programming
When a building is practically complete varies, not only between Architect and Contractor, which you would expect, but also varies between Architects.
The key tests to decide whether or not a building is practically complete must include:
does everything work in the manner it is intended to, subject to minor adjustment?
does the building serve its intended function?
will any further work necessary not cause undue disruption to the occupants of the building?
If the answer to these questions is "Yes", then the building is probably practically complete.
Benefits of own terms and conditions of contract
Before discussing how you incorporate your terms and conditions it is worth asking why you would want to. The answer is usually simple. You have a better chance of being paid promptly and in full. Also, perhaps there will be greatly reduced management and administration costs trying to get your money.
Usually unamended standard forms of contract are perfectly adequate. However, often changes are made which can be detrimental to you. Also, often you can be faced with terms that are not well drafted or dramatically favour the other side. In these circumstances, having a proper and balanced set of terms in place can benefit everyone.
You must have a contract in writing before it means that you can use the Construction Act (in UK).