Written Agreements For Plum Island House Renovations

House repairs can be stressful. In addition to the important step of hiring a contractor, there are many things you must be conscious of regarding the written contract to perform the work. It is helpful for both you and your contractor to confirm that you are on the same page. Below is overview of written agreements for Plum Island house renovations.

Preliminary Contract Clauses

Most agreements will have some basic information. This typically includes:

  • Contractor Contact Information
  • Customer Contact Information
  • Agreed Price
  • Information on the Work to Be Completed
  • Payment Schedule

More information is always a benefit. Rather than vague references, request descriptive ones. For instance, if you are having multiple items taken care of, list each one on the contract along with its price. This will be helpful if you want to remove or alter a particular line item and will eliminate mis-communication over pricing. Also specify the manufacturer or quality of products where relevant. Everything that you discussed with the contractor can be reflected in the written agreements.

Additional Provisions to Include

Time Lines

Time lines are a usual cause of dispute among property owners and contractors. To reduce the likelihood of dispute, detail estimated start and end dates in the paperwork. If time is of the essence, that should be prominently included as well.


Written agreements may also summarize specific terms for the contractor and the homeowner. It can indicate hours that a home may be accessed, areas of the home where they are permitted, and any other applicable instructions. As the property owner, you may also be asked to perform some tasks such as relocating furniture. The safest way to ensure that all parties are aware of these conditions is to put it in the agreement.

Written Agreements For Plum Island House Renovations

You might interview a couple of potential contractors before picking one, hold multiple conversations with the same contractor, or have multiple contractors completing different things simultaneously. It can be easy to get things wrong and make expensive mistakes. Having a detailed agreement can help you remain organized and protect yourself. The overview of written agreements for Plum Island house renovations provided here are just a few general recommendations and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Speak to a lawyer if you have questions relating to a particular contract or dispute.

About Editor-John P. Wells

I am a resident of Newburyport and have worked in education, high tech and urban development. My interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to my clients. For more information please visit the Wellsco website.