Protecting Yourself and Your Home When You Sign a Home Improvement Contract
A Home Improvement Project can be filled with a variety of problems and headaches. Most people are very trusting individuals and are not aware of the many problems that occur when one attempts a home improvement project. If you choose to embark on a project than you need to protect yourself and your home from common problems that occur BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. Make sure that before you sign a contract with someone to do a project that the following items or clauses are included in that contract:
CONTINUOUS WORK CLAUSE – This clause should detail the minimum number of people working on your home each day, Monday through Friday. If weather is a factor and work cannot take place, you should include in your contract that you will receive a call by 8 a.m. that day, if no one is going to show up because of bad weather. The contractor should agree to 7 hour work days, and work will not run past 5:00 p.m., unless permission is received by you. Reduction of $_________(determine an amount) in total price if project work schedule not continuous, with minimum manpower, for full seven
STARTING DATE CLAUSE – Full refund by contractor if job not started by__________.
COMPLETION DATE CLAUSE – The amount of $_______ will be subtracted per day, for every day project is not completed by________.
WORK SITE CONDITION CLAUSE – All areas to be kept “broom clean” on a daily basis. Define “broom clean”.
WORK STOPPAGE CLAUSE – this gives you the right to cancel the contract if work is deemed unsatisfactory or gets inexplicably delayed.
MATERIAL INSTALLATION CLAUSE – All installations will be done according to manufacturer specifications and local building codes, unless otherwise noted.
ARBITRATION CLAUSE – If unsolvable problem(s) arise both parties agree to arbitration by National Arbitration Board or other. Both parties agree to abide by decision.
WARRANTY CLAUSE – All labor and product warranties will be supplied by contractor before final payment.
MATERIAL DELIVERY AND STORAGE CLAUSE – All deliveries to be accepted by contractor, securing materials will be the responsibility of contractor until installation and materials will be covered and placed _________ on property.
SUBCONTRACTING CLAUSE – Contractor shall not assign this project to any other company or individual, unless they are listed as a subcontractor, without the written consent of the homeowner.
PERMIT AND FEES CLAUSE – Contractor is responsible for all required permits, fees or notices required for the work within.