Home Repairs: Hiring Companies to Work on Your Home
Some people are do-it-yourselfers and others…not so much. But no matter what your skill levels are, there will be times when you just want to have someone else do the work. Sometimes the home repairs are too complicated, like in the case of a foundation problem, or maybe the project is just too time consuming like with the stripping and repainting of the exterior of your home. Here we will provide you with some tips that can keep you from getting into hot water when hiring out your home repairs.
You always want to have a signed agreement between you and the company doing work for you. We aren’t attorneys, but we can tell you some of the things that should be in the agreement based on experience. This list is just a few of the major items to have in any contracts for home repairs. Be sure to have your attorney friend review any agreements before signing…
- parties involved – get all the details about the company including, full legal company name, representative’s name, address, phone, license number (if applicable), insurance details…etc.
- work to be completed – be as detailed as possible – don’t just put new roof…list all items to be done like removal of old roof, haul away of debris,…etc.
- specifications of products to be used – again, be as detailed as possible. List make, model, color…etc.
- schedule with drop dead finish date
- dollar amount to be paid – include how it will be paid. Meaning, will everything be due at completion or do you have thirty days? Credit card or check? Material deposit required?
- unexpected items and changes – what happens if unexpected items come up. For a roof, what if some of the plywood decking is bad? How much will it cost to replace?
- warranty – what is covered and how long?
Deposits for Home Repairs
Deposits should be avoided at all costs. If material needs to be purchased, offer to buy it yourself and take possession of it. That way, if the contractor never shows up, you still have your material. The only other possible reason for a deposit would be for permits. If a permit is required, go down to the building department with the contractor and pay for it. This is the only way you will be certain it gets paid.
Description of Work
Michael Luckado has built, remodeled and repaired thousands of homes across the U.S. He co-founded ArmchairBuilder.com to help you save money and hassles on your building projects.