Unlike traditional construction contracts, home improvement contracts are established between a homeowner and contractor for a limited scope of work that doesn’t require a new structure to be built from the ground up. Home improvement contracts typically cover a wide breadth of home projects including simple repairs and significant home makeovers.
In this two-part article, the Naples construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law will discuss home improvement contracts. From expectations to timelines and scope of work, our Naples construction attorneys will discuss all of the most important details regarding home improvement contracts.
The Purpose of Home Improvement Contracts
Although the scope of work is typically much smaller than traditional construction contracts, home improvement contracts follow many of the same principles as construction contracts, and in most cases, the expectations of the homeowner align with those of big-time investors. Namely, they want the contractor to meet the terms of the contract (cost, time) and deliver the best possible product in exchange for their money.
Examples of Home Improvement Contracts
Home improvement contracts cover a diverse range of projects, so it’s important for contractors to utilize the right professionals with the best skills for the job. For instance, if a homeowner wants to knock down a wall to open up the space in their kitchen, you wouldn’t hire a bunch of roofing specialists. On the other hand, a subcontractor who specializes in kitchen remodels would be an effective person to help handle this specific type of job. Home improvement contracts include:
- Repairing old or broken structures
- Installing new windows, doors, flooring, etc.
- Tearing down walls to create more spacious living areas
- Adding a second story to a home
- Changing kitchen layouts and installing new cabinets
- Remodeling bathrooms and showers
- Building larger recreational add-ons like pools and spas
- Landscaping lawns and gardens
Home Improvement Contracts Protect You and the Homeowner
Whenever you engage in any type of home improvement project, it’s important to utilize a contract to clearly outline the scope of work, cost, and timeline for completion. This contract not only guarantees that you and the homeowner are on the same page, but it also gives you legal recourse to pursue a claim if the homeowner backs out of your agreement or fails to meet their financial obligations. Similarly, it protects the homeowner from the opposite. After all, not all contractors are cut from the same cloth, and projects are always a challenge regardless of their complexity. Plus, contracts build trust between contractors and homeowners. It’s always a boon to facilitate a working relationship between yourself and the client before proceeding with any type of home improvement initiative.
For more information about home improvement contracts, read part two.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.