You may also be wondering how big does a project need to be for a Scope of Work? Does the Scope of Work apply to really massive jobs as well as small jobs, like installing a new light fixture for example?
You bet it does.
The Scope of Work concept is quite simple. It's used to accurately describe:
- Who is responsible for what work
- How will the work be done
- What is the work
- When is the work finished
- How will you measure the work's completeness
If you're a contractor you're probably thinking, "I don't have time to write out a Scope of Work for every project I bid on!"
You know what? You're right. The responsibility for creating the Scope of Work rests with the owner of the project.
So how do you convince the project owner they need to provide you with a Scope of Work before you invest the time and effort to price out a project? I mean, the typical homeowner is probably thinking the Free Estimate is a pretty good deal right about now.
No hassle, pick up the phone, call, someone comes over, and then a few days later appears with a polished proposal. Who needs a Scope of Work? Want the job, give me your price.
Well, times are changing, fortunately, and more homeowners are now beginning to understand the difference "quality" makes, and it all starts with the project documentation prepared for the project.
What A Scope of Work Describes
If you're a contractor, the days of yelling into your phone, throwing your hard hat around, and being an ass and expecting an increase in performance as a result of your temper tantrum are over. Same goes for you, the homeowner, who's hired on trades to do the work. You can change the rules and demand more but understand this, the expectation is everyone has to agree to the change, how to implement the change, and what the impact is on the project in terms of compensation, deliverables, and milestones.
What A Scope Of Work Includes
So, what should a complete Scope of Work include?
These are the recommended components:
- Problem Statement
- Goals of the Agreement
If you're the project owner, it's your responsibility to prepare the Scope of Work. The problem is, the typical homeowner is unaware of how to prepare a Scope of Work or who they need to talk to do so. If you're replacing light fixtures, building a deck, or a new home, the Scope of Work varies, as does the expertise needed.
The question now becomes, who do you get to write your Scope of Work? Are there resources out there for you to use?
Fortunately, the resources are out there. It's just a matter of getting them to all mesh together.