Lets Talk Contracts

written by: Mike Gosser

OK lets talk about contracts and/or agreements.

Over the years, I have worked for many types of professionals, including lawyers who do construction litigation. Therefore I was fortunate enough to receive some good advice regarding contracts. One that stands out is, ” A contract is only as good as the relationship between client and contractor.” No matter how well written the contract can be, if the relationship fails the contract can be picked apart.  This advice was given to me in the best of relationships between this client and myself, therefore I have taken this to heart and is an important part of my contracting business.

When picking a contractor or handyman/woman, I highly recommend you choose a local business. Local businesses will have your best interest because their top priorities is to make sure you are satisfied with his/her service, and in return, expects a good referral. Remember a good referral can create 2-3 recommendations and a poor experience can create at least 3-4 negative comments. Keep in mind the community talks to each other, at sporting events, school, church and many other outlets.

I recommend you have a contract, especially with: larger projects, more technical projects, and when contracting with someone for the first time.

It’s all in the details. Before signing a contract, review the project with the contractor. Ask about allowances, specific materials being used, how the different operations plan to proceed and how they will be done. It’s okay to note any of these items on the contract. Don’t forget there is no such thing as a dumb question; this is the only way to really compare apples to apples.

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Next week I will discuss Kitchen Remodeling or How to just Update Your Kitchen.