How many of you can say that you have read EVERY contract you have agreed to? I know I can’t. They’re so long and boring. But when there’s big money on the line contracts become EXTREMELY important. Contracts protect you, your money and your project so read carefully. Below are some things you should be looking for in a contract when deciding which contractor you will be hiring to complete your project!
Ensure your contractors licenses meet your county requirements. Ask that the license numbers and information be included in your contract. To learn more about SWFL licensing by county check out the links below:
Insurance details are not always included in the contract. You should request that the details be added. Confirm that your contractor has General Liability Insurance. General Liability Insurance protects both you and your contractor. Find more information on General Liability Insurance here.
The schedule details should be defined in your contract. Key dates to include are start date, end date and any important milestones. Keep in mind that some things are out of your contractors’ control (inclement weather, material availability etc.) and may cause minor delays. If the schedule is important to you, you may want to consider deductions in payment for not meeting critical milestones.
Under no circumstances should payment be made in full prior to your project being completed. You should lay out a payment schedule tied to certain milestones or dates. Work with your contractor to create a schedule that works for the both of you and include it in your contract.
Scope of Work
Your work details list should be very detailed and specific to your project. If the work you expect to be done is not listed in the scope of work, you will not be able to hold the contractor responsible for it once the job is complete. This part of the contract should be customized to include materials used (types, colors, finishes etc.) and expectations of site cleanup and maintenance. Do not allow your contractor to use sub-contractors without your prior written approval. If sub-contractors will be used there needs to be a section in the contract detailing the scope of their work as well. You want to make sure that the contract states that the contractor remains responsible for all work done by sub-contractors.
If your contractor offers a warranty you should carefully review what is and is not covered. Read the warranty section of your contract together and ask any questions you may have. It is important to know what the warranty covers in case any issues arise after your job is complete.
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