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Home Remodeling in Denver: What to Look For in A Contract

November 15, 2017

You should always read the fine print on a remodeling contract before signing on the dotted line. Why? There are a handful of elements that should be included in every remodeling contract, so if something is not there, changes need to be made to the document. Here’s what to look for when reviewing a contract for home remodeling in Denver:

Start and End Dates

Every contract should include an estimated start and finish date. Some delays are not the contractor’s fault, but there are plenty of delays that can be avoided. For this reason, it’s important that there is also a term in the contract that states if there will be penalties for missing certain deadlines. For example, the contract could state that if the project is delayed beyond a certain date, the contractor will be penalized.

Financial Terms

Payment information should also be put in writing so there are no misunderstandings in the future. Make sure the contract includes information on how much the project will cost, when the payments need to be made, how much each payment should be, and how the payments should be made. For instance, if the contractor does not accept checks, this should be clearly stated in the contract. See 10 things every remodeling contract should include.

Termination of the Contract

Both parties should be able to terminate the contract under certain circumstances. The contractor should be able to get out of the contract if you fail to make payments on time, whereas you should be able to terminate the contract if the contractor is doing poor quality work or causing significant delays. All of this should be in writing so you have the option of finding a new contractor if things aren’t working out.

Details of the Project

The contract should also include details on the work that is being done so everything is in writing. The more detailed the description, the better. Go through this part of the contract carefully to make sure that everything that is written is correct. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if the contract includes abbreviations or terms that you are not familiar with. If something is not correct but you don’t catch the error, the contractor cannot be held liable for this mistake.

Changes to the Original Plan

There are bound to be some changes to the original plan, so the contract should include information on how changes can be requested and ordered. Most of the time, the contractor is required to provide you with a written change order that you must sign and review. Think of a written change order as an amendment to the original contract. As long as it is signed by both parties, the change order will override the details of the project written within the original contract.

Are you ready to remodel your home? If so, it’s time to contact the remodeling professionals. At S.F. Inc., we value each and every one of our relationships with our clients. To get started on your remodel or to learn more about our services, contact us by calling 303-210-5991 or emailing