FAQ's: General

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No, none of the Rates include VAT

Some items include a PC Sum which is already included in the rate (including an addition of 10% for profit and overheads). The For example, item 723301 - "BOILER:RENEW WITH COMBINATION BOILER-NEW" includes a PC Sum of £600 exc vat for 'supply and delivery of Boiler, Flue and Fixing Jig'. This £600 should be adjusted to suit the actual cost of the items. So, using 723301 as an example and working on v6 base rates:

If the items covered by the PC Sum cost £500 instead of £600, then the amount invoiced should be £1,207.85 (i.e. £1,307.85 - £600 + £500)

If the items covered by the PC Sum cost £700 instead of £600, then the amount invoiced should be £1,407.85 (i.e. £1,307.85 - £600 + £700)

Evidence of the PC Sums claimed may be requested by the SOR client.

The term "measured both sides" means that you physically measure both sides for evaluation/payment purposes. For example, if you were painting both sides of 10m long x 1m high railings the quantity would be 10m x 1m x 2 = 20m2.
Quantities for items with an hourly unit of measure (HR) should be based on time spent on site, from the time of entering the property to leaving, not any travelling or other time.
In version 6 onwards the definitions for standard abbreviations are included at the front of the SOR volume. There is also further information on common measurement units in the General Rules section eg. "IT - per item i.e. comprising the whole of the Works as detailed".
We do not provide Word versions of the Contract Conditions and Preliminaries as these are standard documents. Any amendments required would normally be listed in the Schedule of Amendments.

Client Inspection items cannot be claimed in orders where other works are undertaken. In all cases any pre-inspection to establish the item of work required is deemed to be included in the relevant Schedule of Rates items.

Client Inspection items are for use where the contractor has to meet a client representative (eg. a surveyor) on site at the client's request.

FAQ's: Finishes

Both the application of a latex self-levelling screed and the use of sealant to seal the perimeter edges is deemed included in the renewal of flooring items. For more information refer to the 'Finishings Rates Deemed to Include' section of the measurement rules.

431315 - SCREED:LATEX SELF LEVEL item should only be claimed where no flooring finish is being installed.

An approved sheet sub-floor would be plywood or hardboard.
The quantity claimed should be for the amount of flooring actually fitted, not necessarily the full dimensions of the room.
These items cover the additional cost of any type of painted paper. The rate is priced on an average condition and therefore, like most SOR items, a swings and roundabouts approach is expected when used.

FAQ's: Carpentry

In window repair items, 'ironmongery' is a catch-all term to include any fittings and attachments, for example all fasteners, catches and stays.

FAQ's: Cleaning & Clearance

White goods are included, covered by 'other landlords fittings' in the long description.

FAQ's: Scaffolding

We have some details images that can also help to answer any Scaffolding related questions you may have, these images are available here.

Scaffolding to a two storey structure is deemed to be included in a contractors tender. This includes additional scaffolding to provide access to work above the eaves to ridge levels where the protrusion is below 1m.
The girth of scaffolding is the horizontal length of the run of scaffolding, measured at the face of the building or structure that it is being used on. Further details can be found in measurement preambles to the SOR.
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