Countertop installation projects are usually straightforward. Whether you are building a new home and are looking for a countertop supplier or you are simply remodeling a kitchen, you’ll want to find a countertop contractor that will do the job right the first time. It’s smart to have countertop contracts drawn up for the work to be completed in the home as the contract will specify all aspects of the project. As they are legally binding, a contract may protect you or your home if any issues should occur.

What is usually included in a countertop contracts

A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. For home improvement projects, such as countertop installation, it will outline the timeline for the project, cost of the project and several other stipulations. Some states require that home improvement projects require a contract. In the state of California, for example, any home improvement project over $500 is required to have a contract. In the contract for countertop installation, you should include a clause for damages, both to the actual countertop as well as your property. A clause for excessive delays could also be added.

Additional items to include are:

  • product name and corresponding model number for installation
  • number of crew members required for installation
  • start and end dates
  • cost of the installation
  • replacement of the countertop material should it break during installation
  • schedule of payment

Pros and cons of contracts

The biggest benefit in having a contract for countertop installation is that it holds the contractor accountable for damage to your home or the material being installed. The cost of replacement or repair comes out of their pocket. Another benefit is that it is legally binding and should any violations of the contract occur, you can easily take the contractor to court with a validated reason. If the professional doesn’t provide a contract, the cost of getting a contract drawn up by an attorney can be costly.

Obtaining contracts

You have a few options when you need a contract. Most contractors have their own, professionally compiled contract available. It is best to read the contract entirely. If it lacks sufficient details, be sure you insist upon adding them. You can also obtain contracts online, in an office supply store, at the local library and through an attorney.

Changing or canceling contracts

Any time changes are discussed insist upon a change work order and a revised contract. Having everyone’s signatures agreeing to the changes will create the proper paper trail in the event that confusion arises. Contracts usually have a cancelation clause or instructions. Be sure to read the fine print about canceling an order or installation before you sign.

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