Have big plans for your next project? Get it in writing!
So, you've decided you really need the extra "room" a new addition could add to your home. The excitement and anticipation of having a space the whole family can enjoy has you anxious at the start, and eventual completion of the project. You did your homework and all the necessary research and planning that a major renovation would entail. You carefully selected your contractor by getting references, researching their qualifications and validating their businesses. You did that right? Oops, you might have overlooked a few steps?
No, problem. Check out this guide, "6 mistakes to avoid when selecting an Indianapolis area contractor" and you will be back on track. As soon as you get your contractor squared away, your ready to start the job, right? Not so fast.
Did you carefully review your project specifications? Did you review the draw (payment) schedule as to when to expect payment(s) due? You do have those, don't you? Of course you do, because you have done your homework. You know that having a written set of specifications as to the scope of the project, the materials involved, etc. is paramount in protecting you as the homeowner. Most of all, the articles you have read have told you that the "remodeling contract" is a legally binding agreement meant to protect both the business (your remodeler) and the consumer (that's you).
Unfortunately, not enough homeowner's think to ask about the details. In many cases, assumptions are made by both parties. It's important to nail down the details. If you are adding an addition, is it specified that all trim is to match existing? Should the texture of your new ceiling match that of the existing? These are all important questions to ask as they will determine the final outcome of your project, and ultimately your happiness. Insist that the project scope of your next project be clear as to what is happening. Make sure expectations are set that you can live with. Make sure you have a clear contract. Insist that your remodeling contract spell out the price of the project, the draws (payments) to be made and when as well as any allowances. Also, there should be a detailed course of action if there should be a dispute.
Most reputable contractors, especially those belonging to your local builder's association, will provide you with these vital documents. After all, this is most likely the biggest investment you will ever make. Protect your investment and do business with a reputable contractor. Be sure they have the credentials and the reputation to complete your project succesfully. Be sure they have insurance, be sure they will be around to service what they sell.
As a respected local Indianapolis area contractor, please feel free to contact Gettum Associates with any questions that you may have in selecting your next contractor. We can be reached at 317.888.5681 or via email at our online contact form HERE