Every Remodeling Contract Should Include These 10 Things

The contract is a very important element to any remodeling project; it makes sure that all parties involved are on the same page. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (www.nari.org) lists the key elements that every remodeling contract should have.

1. The contractor’s name, address, phone number and license number.

2. Details on what the contractor will and will not do.

3. A list of materials for the project in your contract.  This includes information about the size, color, model, brand name, and product.

4. The approximate start date and completion date.

5. All required plans. Study them carefully for accuracy.  Insist that you approve them and that they are identified in your written contract before any work begins.

6. Written notice of your right to, without penalty, cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

7. Financial terms, spelled out in a way that you understand. This includes the total price, payment schedule, and any cancellation penalty.

8. A binding arbitration clause, which you’ll need in the event a disagreement occurs. Arbitration may enable you to resolve disputes without costly litigation.

9. Everything you’ve requested. Consider the scope of the project and make sure all items you’ve requested are included. If you do not see a specific item in the contract, consider it not included. Never sign an incomplete contract.

10. A warranty covering materials and workmanship for a minimum of one year. The warranty must be identified as either “full” or “limited”. The name and address of the party who will honor the warranty (contractor, distributor, or manufacturer) must be identified.  Make sure the time period for the warranty is specified.

Hope this information clarify any questions you may have had.

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About Suzanne O'Brien

The role of a real estate agent is to guide you through the buying and/or selling process and take the time to make sure you understand every step of the transaction. I am absolutely committed to fulfilling your needs with the highest level of professionalism, expertise and service. My commitment to listening and satisfying your needs are the foundation from which a solid business relationship is built. I realize that people do business with people they trust. I am interested in what is best for you, the client, and am committed to establishing a long-term relationship based on trust. In addition, real estate is often times very personal, about family and home and pride myself in developing relationships that now call clients my friends. I pride myself on being knowledgeable and staying current with the fast pace changes in the industry. I approach each clients’ needs individually and am constantly aware of current and upcoming inventory. My creative approach to the business has earned me wonderful associations with both clients and other real estate professionals. I am always working for you…I feel the responsibility to make your dreams a reality…one move at a time.
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