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The Scope of Work

The Scope of Work (also referred to as the Work Scope) in a construction project is an item-by-item description outlining exactly the work that will be done, as well as any work excluded from the project.

Communication is Key

A clear scope of work is ultimately a communication tool between the contractor and the homeowner. By outlining everything involved, we emphasize transparency so there are no surprises along the way.

By defining the materials and exact model numbers of the items to be implemented, you as the homeowner know exactly what is going into your project. Additionally, an accurate scope leads to an accurate cost estimate and price so it is important than all aspects of the project are covered.

Critical Path Order

When the document is prepared, we display the details in what we in the construction industry call “critical path” order. This is the chronological order in which the events will happen. For example, when building a house, the work scope would list the sitework, then the foundation, and then the framing, etc.

Presenting the information in this sequence ensures that every step of the process is covered so you are aware of what’s happening, as well as the details involved in each step.

Teamwork & Collaboration

Although the scope of work is defined and prepared by the contractor, developing the Scope of Work is a collaborative process between the contractor and homeowner, as well any other members of the design team including architects, designers or engineers.

It is common for the scope to go through multiple revisions and reviews before it is accepted by the contractor and the homeowner. This upfront planning saves time and costly mistakes down the line.

Details & Specifics

The scope of work on a project is often very detailed and can get lengthy depending on the size and complexity of the work. Defining the specifics of the project in detail is meant to protect both the contract and the homeowner, in the event of any issues arising.

The amount of detailing may get overwhelming at times, so be sure to ask questions throughout the process to address any of your issues or concerns beforehand.

We understand every client and every project is unique so be providing you with as much detail as we can, it ensures we’re on the same page and that your wants and needs are understood.

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Dan Arket