Why You Need a Contract When Hiring a Remodeling Contractor


Something you might hear very often is that a contract is necessary for your protection when hiring a remodeling contractor. Drawing up a contract is the start of your business relationship with a contractor. While working out the contract details, you will know whether this person is actually someone you can work harmoniously with over the length of the project.  If the contractor is tough to deal with at this stage, just picture what it might be like if he already has your cash.

Having your lawyer scan legal paperwork before you sign it is always to your benefit. In the general cost of a contract with the worth of tens of thousands of dollars, paying a few hundred more for an attorney is cash well spent. This legal specialist will go through the fine print and tell you if he thinks there are important details missing.

A contract will also provide you with valuable information regarding the Santa Monica Commercial Remodeling contractor. You can then use this info to learn more about his business and probably save yourself from issues later on. For one, a good contractor will always provide a clause indicating proof of insurance.  Without this, you’ll be courting disaster.

Another bit of information that has to be on a contract is the business name of the Bathroom Remodeling Santa Monica contractor; then you can just ring the government and inquire if this is a real number. Even professional-looking contracts can have bogus numbers, and this is a good way for you to determine if they’re dealing with a legit company or a scammer.

Talking about crooks, let’s focus on the “cold, hard cash” payment arrangement. On top of the obvious — that a contract is nothing without proof of payment — an essential issue is paying cash to a total stranger. There’s a whole industry of con men posing as contractors. They ask for a big cash down payment in exchange for saving you the hassle of paying the taxes — and then you’ll never see them again.

Another red flag is a contractor who won’t work with municipal inspectors, building code safety and building permits. The most important point here is that the homeowner, not the contractor, is the one who is legally responsible for securing the building permits. If the building department finds out that you’re doing a renovation without the required permits, they can force you to tear everything down, even if the project is already nearing completion. Your contractor just fades away.

The bottom line is, a contractor is no contractor without a legally proper contract. Be sure to have one, and put it in black and white.