For all intents and purposes, the contract is the blueprint for home improvements. Many homeowners get ripped off because they believe in the verbal promises and don’t pay enough attention to the details of written agreements.
To set your expectations and protect yourself from scams, Kiernan Remodeling and Design, Inc., recommends looking for these pieces of information in your kitchen remodeling contract:
The specifics of the materials and products should be in writing. Your contract should clearly spell out the things you get; otherwise, you might not get for what you pay. It should include the lowdown on warranties, too.
Like with bathroom remodeling contracts, kitchen renovation agreements must contain an itemized list of the costs involved in your project. The bid you initially received should be a shortened version of the contract, which is why the contents of the two must be consistent.
Good home improvement contracts are particular about who does what. You may have an idea about the other party’s job description, but don’t make assumptions to avoid disputes later on.
The contract should specify the scope of work and the sequence of events. This way, you can keep the job on schedule even when you’re not always present to monitor things. Your written agreement serves as your guide to determine whether days are slipping by.
Ideally, the payment dates must be tied to the progress of the job. You may be asked for a down payment, which will be used as earnest money, but you shouldn’t pay the bill in full until completion. Most reliable remodelers collect installments throughout different stages of the project – contingent on homeowner satisfaction.
Change Order Provision
Good kitchen remodeling contracts provide instructions on how to execute change orders. In turn, you know which items will be added to the contract, and you won’t get bill shock after the project.
Make sure your contract provides you with the option to back out of the deal due to several reasons without penalty and vice versa. This part of the agreement keeps both parties motivated not to do anything that can be detrimental to the other.
Turn to Kiernan Remodeling and Design, Inc., to receive a transparent and trustworthy contract for your kitchen renovation. Call us at (941) 981-7744 now to schedule your consultation in Sarasota or Bradenton, FL.