When Is Your Contractor Held Accountable?

From on November 17, 2008 in General Remodel

Remodeling paperworkA home renovation project can be a big undertaking, and the key to its success is the performance of your contractor. You actually end up placing a lot of trust in your contractor, making it very crucial to hire the right one. You can protect yourself initially by only requesting estimates from prescreened contractors, but it helps to know what they are accountable for if things do go wrong.

Obtaining a complete and signed contract is the key for any future recourse. Be sure your contract clearly states what you expect from you contractor (i.e. timeline, cost of time and materials, and what happens if an unexpected problem arises.)

  • If you have a valid contract, your contractor will be liable for any mistakes they make that cause more expense.
  • If their subcontractors perform bad work, it is the contractor’s responsibility to have the work corrected. There should be no additional cost to you because you entrusted the contractor to hire the right subcontractor in the first place.
  • Other issues will undoubtedly arise, such as the wrong parts being ordered. You may suffer the additional time it takes for replacement, but again there should be no additional cost to you.
  • Faulty or damaged materials are more of a gray area. If you purchased the materials, you will probably have to do the legwork to get the manufacturer to make good on the damaged goods. If your contractor did the ordering through his/her suppliers, then the problem is theirs to resolve.

Ultimately, it comes down to hiring the right construction company in the first place to avoid many of these common headaches. Request free estimates from prescreened remodeling contractors in your area.