Hi All, We have all seen the horror stories on shows like Cowboy Builders etc & the absolute nightmare people can go through. Only last night I was watching a show whereby a many people got caught out by small clause in the contract whereby, people could get sued by the builders for breach of contract even though they were left stranded high & dry for months on end by the builders who would appear for a day or so & then disappear for weeks/months on end. Then, of course, there is the usual nightmares of shoddy work etc. We have not had the best of luck over the years either but this time I really need to make sure I am covered fully & want to protect myself as much as possible as it is for the needs of my elderly disabled mother. We need to make a large doorway into the side of the house (external wall) from the inside which leads to the garage, convert the garage into a sort of transition room leading to a walk-in disabled bathroom at a sort of extension at the side of the house. There is a shower room with toilet there already but it will have to be taken down & rebuilt to a larger one which allows a wheel chair access. I know nothing about building contracts & catches etc & was wondering if there are ready made standard contracts out there that negate tricks & clauses builders use to protect ourselves. We have so much going on & my mother really is not well & we cannot afford to go through a horror story or nightmare. I guess I just do not trust builders to do a safe, legally complaint & decent job let alone all the crap about turning up on time etc. Any help or ideas anyone can give would be greatly appreciated! I know this may sound harsh but I really do not feel comfortable anymore paying anyone any money upfront or even a sizeable deposit - I only want to pay in instalments as & when the work is done so I cannot be held hostage & any works can be inspected beforehand to ensure it mets safety/compliance standards if that makes sense? I have learn't that once you give any money upfront, they either disappear or just hold you hostage & demand more & more! Suave!