By: Custom Coatings on September 2nd, 2011
should i have written a contract?
People often ask our experts at Custom Coatings whether or not a written contract is necessary when hiring a contractor to do work at your home. The answer is most definitely “yes”.
Written contracts are very important for both sides. Every aspect of the job should be clearly detailed, so everyone knows what is expected of them, and in what time frame. Without a contract, both the owner and the contractor take a chance on misunderstandings, problems on the job, and maybe even a lawsuit.
Having a written contract which details every aspect of the job is critical. Written contracts are legally binding documents that protect both the contractor and client by compelling each party to adhere to the contract’s contents.
Any and all verbal agreements between the contractor and client will not be enforceable in court in lieu of a written contract, so if it is important, make sure it is in writing!
Your contract should at least include the following details:
- Full name, contact information, and license # (if required by state law) of the paint contractor.
- Description of surfaces to be painted.
- Details of paint application.
- Description of prep work to be preformed.
- Number of coats to be applied.
- Materials and products to be used.
- Description of cleanup to be preformed.
- Project schedule.
- Payment agreement.
- Warranty information, if any.
In addition to the written contract, it is important that you that your contractor is fully insured, and licensed in your state. It is also important that you work with him to choose the right materials for your project.
Our experts at Custom Coatings will provide written contracts, we are fully insured and licensed, and we promise to help you select the right premium quality paint for your project in order to ensure long-lasting value and satisfaction.