A Guide to a Remodeling Contract between you
and the Remodeling Contractor
What'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.
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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