What information should be in your contract before you sign?
1. The contractor’s complete information, including the company name, address, phone number and the full name and license number of the builder/contractor.
2. A detailed description of the work to be done, including specifics on materials such as color, quantity, size, model number, brand name and product.
3. The contract price, or the exact dollar amount the contractor will be owed at the completion of all work listed in the contract.
4. A payment schedule should be the amount of work completed, with retention which is a percentage of each payment or of the total job which you retain until the job is completed. This is to include all payments to be made to subcontractors and suppliers as well.
5. The start date and completion dates for work to be done that allows for any reasonable delays. This should also include a clause that allows you to withhold payment if work slows down for no apparent reason.
6. A statement that all required building permits and variances required by your city, state and county will be obtained by the contractor before work is begun.
7. A guarantee that the contractor carries liability insurance and has Workers’ Compensation coverage to protect you in case of accidents on the job.
8. A statement of warranty on the work. Be sure the warranty addresses whether labor and materials are covered and for how long, along with the names and addresses of the parties honoring the warranties.
9. A statement that includes that cleanup and removal of debris and materials will be done by the contractor, as well as instructions regarding pets, children or areas where materials may not be stored.
10. A right to cancel clause declaring the time frame in which you may cancel after the contract has been signed and any penalties that may be incurred for canceling after work has begun.
ALWAYS REQUIRE A SIGNED CONTRACT