The Law and Your Home

Remodeling and the Law

Should I have a written contract with the contractor?

Don't allow any work to begin until there is a signed contract—one that protects you. (Some people might take a chance on very small jobs under $1,500, but it is a chance.) Oral agreements can be enforced in court, but it is difficult to prove who said what if you don't get it on paper.

If the contractor gives you a standard contract to sign, take it home and study it carefully at your leisure. Strike out clauses you think are unreasonable and have both parties initial the change. If you are uncertain about the meaning of provisions and/or if it is a major, expensive job, make sure your attorney checks the contract.

>>Which federal laws are applicable to remodeling projects?
>>What protection do I have once I sign a contract?
>>What kind of state and local laws apply to contractors?
>>What's the best way to guard against swindlers?
>>How do I find a reputable contractor?
>>Should I have a written contract with the contractor?
>>What should the contract include?
>>What should I watch out for when the job begins?
>>What can I do if the contractor violates the contract?


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