February 20, 2014

You Can Quote Me On That

At this point in the process it’s likely you’ve had several conversations with your contractor. Your discussions should include what the scope of work for the project consists of, design ideas, products being used and a general idea of what the cost will be.

Before you start on any home improvement project, it is important to get an agreement in writing with your general contractor, eliminating any cause for a misunderstanding or miscommunication while the work is taking place. With a verbal contract you are not only not legally protected should there be a major issue but this often leads to confusion as to what the actual scope of work consists of. Always get it in writing!

Items that should be included in your written contract include a detailed scope of work listing out all phases of the project including framing, mechanical work, painting etc. so that you and the contractor are on the same page and everyone knows exactly what is and what is not included in the project.

The types of materials and how much will be used should be spelled out. All products should be clearly listed as exactly what is being used such as color, brand name and size. The contract should include a payment schedule as to how much is due and when. Typically there is a certain percentage as a down payment, another payment once the job begins and scheduled payments throughout the project until it is complete.

Details are important. The more thorough your contractor is upfront and in the proposal the more likely your project will run smoothly once work begins.

Visit our Youtube page for more “Dialogs with Dover” videos and tips on why you should obtain a written contract. Of course, if you still have questions, we’re ready to help.

The best is yet to come,
Beth Orr

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