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A Guide to a Remodeling Contract between you
and the Remodeling Contractor


A remodeling contract is a wriiten agreement between you and your remodeling contractorWhat's a contract ? It's a legal document between two or more people. It's a written agreement between you and your contractor and ensures that there is no misunderstandings about what a project will include. A good contract will state how the work will be done; what materials will be used and how much it will cost.

For example, in California, there must be a written contract for all home improvements over $500.00.

The remodeling contract must be legible and easy to understand. If you are promised something orally, make sure it's in writing. A well written remodeling contract helps prevent bad feelings; lawsuits or other legal action.

It should contain everything agreed on between you and your contractor. You shouldn't sign anything until you understand the remodeling contract and agree to its terms.

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Describe in the remodeling contract the work to be done

It's necessary for the remodeling contract to be as specific as possible and should include all the materials to be used, such as quality, quantity, weight, color, size or brand name if that applies.

You should also ensure that the remodeling contract includes cleanup and removal of debris and materials.

Warranty: Also, if the remodeling contractor offers any warranty, make sure you get it in writing. Of course, any warranties offered by the manufacturers of materials or appliances installed by the remodeling contractor should be requested.

Price: All contracts must include the price that was agreed upon for the work and you should check in your own State whether you need a particular written home improvement contract.

Schedule of Payments: A home improvement contract must include a schedule of payments. The remodeling contract should show what the amount of each payment is and explain what works needs to be completed for that particular payment.

 Remodeling Contract Summary

Did you read and understand the remodeling contract ?

Does the remodeling contract state when the project will start and end ?

Does the remodeling contract include a detailed description of the work to be done, the materials that will be used, and the equipment to be installed ?

Do you have to pay a down payment ? Remember, never pay more than 10% of the remodeling contract price.

Do you understand that any changes to the remodeling contract must be in writing ?


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