Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be an exciting process. However, it’s essential that you develop an agreed-upon remodeling agreement to protect you both appropriately. Don’t know where to start? We’ve crafted these factors based on experience– Here are 12 things to look for in any kitchen or bathroom remodeling agreement to ensure a successful working relationship from the start.
1. Payment Agreement
Payment procedure varies from contract to contract, so it’s important that both parties outline exactly how proper payment will be executed. Will you be paying in phase installments? On a weekly basis? On an hourly basis? If so, when? What payment method will you be using? Make sure these parameters are all clearly defined beforehand to prevent any miscommunication.
2. Project Date Windows
One of the most important parts of any contract is determining when a service will take place. Be sure to agree on a start date along with a window of when you’d like the full remodeling to be completed. Unforeseen changes are sure to come up along the way, but having a clear window ahead of time will allow you both to prepare accordingly.
3. Local Authorization
Your contractor should be responsible for obtaining any necessary permits and certifications to operate in your area.
Make sure to request certificates of insurance from your contractor and any third party companies hired for your records and protection. This is simply requesting proof that anyone entering your property has insurance, and this should not come with any charge to you as the property owner.
5. Cost of Materials and Price Breakdown
Contracting can include the price of materials with labor depending on your agency’s sourcing options. Regardless, make sure you have a clear break down of costs per materials and labor ahead of time so that your budget isn’t shot down the road.
6. Reasons For Termination
Are there any reasons that the project would be terminated? If so, what does that look like in terms of compensation?
This sounds fairly simple, but make sure you have your contractor’s signature on your contract for maximum legal protection.
8. Proof of Licenses
You are more than within your right to ask for proof of licenses to protect your valuable assets.
9. Detailed Job Description
To make sure that everyone’s on the same page, create a detailed job description for your contractor and place it near the top of your agreement.
10. Change Order Procedure
Should the nature of the job change, do you need a separate contract? Make sure you discuss exactly how to execute the project should the service evolve into something different.
11. Overall Quality of Service
If at any point you feel your contractor isn’t providing you high-quality service, look elsewhere. Customer service says a lot about a company.
12. A Willingness To Answer Questions
Any respectable contractor should be more than willing to answer your questions about the process, contract, or remodeling itself. We are happy to answer your questions and concerns at DCON- feel free to reach out at any time.
Remember that creating a contract is a collaborative process. Create a direct line of communication while crafting your terms, and you’ll be well on your way to the apartment of your dreams.