Every remodeling project needs a signed contract before work starts. Projects are more successful when most questions are answered before being asked, and the contract should outline how problems, changes and/or additional work, are to be handled. The bigger the project, the more details you will want in the contract although we have a standard contract we use for all our projects.Here’s what you’ll find in our contract and below, a table showing Greene Construction’s responsibilities versus your role in the project.
- Job description – will include all design documents and list specifications for fixtures and finishes like appliance manufacturer/models, cabinet style and finishes, etc. Where the homeowner hasn’t made a decision yet, we will identify an allowance for things like lighting, flooring, etc.
- Project timeline – will provide approximate start and end dates for the project. We are flexible in working around your personal schedule and ask for the same consideration as we are dependent on the availability of sub-contractors and materials.
- Project communications – should occur frequently so we try to schedule a standing time to update homeowners in person or by phone, with a preferred stated for the day of the week and time. A location or email is picked for passing information back-and-forth on a daily basis, i.e. notes, questions and answers, invoices, etc).
Homeowners may not be familiar with ordering lead times which have increased recently. This is often the cause of a project delay when we can’t complete a bathroom if tile isn’t available or kitchen appliances get delayed. These delays cause us to juggle projects to keep our commitment to sub-contractors, and therefore may delay your project’s completion.
- Payment terms – explain our payment schedule which is based on when work is completed and materials which must be ordered and paid for in advance. On smaller projects (6 weeks or less), we split payment in thirds which is common in the industry. Where projects run for longer, and a large project can take a year, we try to coordinate monthly payments with work completion checkpoints.
- Business information – includes state licensing information, insurance coverage and liability waiver, process for handling potential liens, etc.
- Warranty information – explains that work complies with all applicable building codes and regulations.
- Change order process – is described so you’re familiar with it when you want to change or add something to the project. It is used to insure that both parties agree to the change and associated costs.
- Site maintenance – explains Greene Construction and homeowner responsibilities overall, and on a day-to-day basis. The most important homeowner responsibilities are:
- Keeping children and pets out of the construction area.
- Removing personal items from the work area.
- Designating where tools can be stored overnight, where materials can be stored and the best place to accumulate debris, and if needed, place a dumpster.
- Identifying where the crew can use power tools if it’s raining (hint: garage) and which door and bathroom can be used by the crew.