Thursday, February 16, 2006

Contracts for Home Contractors

Home contractors should be careful when drafting their contracts to make sure that they are in compliance with state law. If your particular state does not have a law governing home improvement contractors, a good example of a "proper" home improvement contract can be found at http://www.mass.gov/Eoca/docs/sampcont.pdf. Other factors to consider are including provisions for mediation, arbitration and an allocation of attorneys' fees. It is important to spell out the quality of materials to be used and the allowance for those materials. For a contractor who works on a larger projects, it may be worthwhile to have a lawyer review your contract prior to presenting it to a homeowner. In Massachusetts, the failure to prepare a contract that is in compliance with the law can result in double or treble damages, attorney's fees and costs against the contractor. That is why it is wise to prevent problems and prepare good contracts from the beginning.

8 Comments:

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Bruce Magazine said...

When I prepare a contract for home improvement I put in a clause that gives both the husband and wife full authority to sign change orders or make other decisions concerning the job without the joinder of the other spouse. If they do not want to allow this then my client needs to know from the start. If they do not trust each other it may be a sign that the contractor may want to reconsider the job.

 
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However as an owner of the home you should keep in mind that any house is at risk from water and fire damage.

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At 8:19 AM, Blogger trademarkconstruct said...

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