Special requests and deadlines
One delicate point concerns changes to the contract. These address all the extras and adjustments that are more or less needed for any reason. In many projects, fuzzy agreements lead to a situation where in the end dozens of extra services on the project spin costs completely out of control.
Agreements on changes in the order
So as to arm yourself against such things, agreements concerning changes in the order are necessary. Anyone who has, for example, established in the contract that each change requires written agreement as to the costs can clear this problem out of the way in advance.
Set clear deadlines
Besides the price and changes, the contractually guaranteed deadlines are of particular importance. Hardly any buyer of a new home will be prepared on his own volition to delay the date of completion to who knows when.
Don't leave any back doors open
However, anyone who signs a contract with such terms as «desired» or «target date» shouldn't wonder about delays later on. That's because such wording leaves a back door open for the contractor so he can put your project on the back burner if difficulties arise. «Desired but not promised» is what a delinquent contractor will say to his buyer.
The best approach is to not only establish deadlines to the exact day but also make sure the contractor faces consequences (conventional penalties) if he is late. In other words: the contract defines which costs and services the contractor must assume as long as you can't move in on schedule.