Before hiring a contractor for your building or remodeling project, all agreements should be put into writing. The written contract should include:
- The contractor's full name, address, telephone number, and professional license number
- A detailed description
of the work to be done. Specify the materials to be used: quality, quantity, weight, color, size, brand name, etc.
- The starting and completion
- The labor cost and the
- Information on how and
when you must pay
- Any warranties and guarantees
- The method for debris
and material removal when the job is complete
- A "right to cancel" clause. This gives you time (3 days is the standard) after you have signed the contract to change your mind. The clause should also describe what happens if unexpected problems occur after the work is begun.
Be Safe When You Sign
- Never sign a contract unless
it is filled out completely.
- Read the entire contract
carefully. Ask questions.
- Keep a copy of the signed
- Do not pay more than the
required minimum downpayment before the work is begun.
- Do not pay the balance until all work is completed and debris removed.