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This post discusses how your remodeling contract needs to be structured to ensure your interests are best protected.
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The contract is the legal agreement between you and the contractor. In case anything should go wrong, it is the definition of “right” as it documents what you and the contractor agreed to.
There are actually two main aspects of the contract structure you need to insist upon. Having said one, I do consider one to be most important.
#1 Pay for Milestones
With the contractor for your remodeling contract, your payments are required after significant milestones are met.
- Demolition and disposal completed
- Reframing completed
- Rough plumbing and electrical completecd
- Shower tile work completed
- Etc, etc, (you get the idea)
The reason this matters is it creates absolute clarity between you and your contractor as to what goals equate to you writing checks. As you see those goals being met, you write checks.
#2 Line Item Pricing
Of course to make this work each of those items has to be priced individually. Some contractors are reluctant to do this, but this type of line item pricing works well for both you and for the best contractors.
If you’re comparing multiple estimates (which you most likely are) having every contractor provide the same line item pricing allows you to better compare bids.
Of greater importance is if you see a widely differing price for the same line items (tile flooring for example) it’s likely you’re not dealing with an apples to apples comparison but now you know so and can ask questions. It may turn out the unknown to you, one contractor is planning to use a really cheap tile while the other is planning to use a really durable but much more expensive tile.
Requiring your contractors to provide line items pricing like this brings these differences to the forefront, where you’re better informed and able to ask better questions.
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