Updated: Monday, 08 Oct 2012, 12:08 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 08 Oct 2012, 6:00 PM EDT
Grand Rapids, Mich (WOTV) - The name of the business must match the name on the license. All builders/remodelers must have a builder’s license in order to perform work for compensation. This is the law in the state of Michigan. No Exceptions!
Ask the Builder for a copy of their liability insurance. If they don’t have one “handy”, they can call their insurance carrier to have a copy sent to you. IF they don’t have liability insurance, you don’t want to hire them.
All the work to be performed by the builder should be clearly spelled out. Also, if you’re going to provide some product and labor, that should be spelled out as well. This will help avoid any confusion that may arise when trying to keep to the time line.
Time line. A time line is a good guide to help keep the project running smoothly. It helps everyone know when material is needed on site and when the work is scheduled to be complete. During a remodeling project unforeseen things happen, but a time line won’t let delays happen because something was overlooked or not planned for.
Warranties. A licensed builder should have a copy or something stated in their contract as to what is a standard warranty. This would typically be for the workmanship of the project. Also ask about product warranties and who will be providing you those copies. Most product warranties are from the manufacturer. Keep those on file in case something happens.
Payments. This should be quite specific and connected to either the time line or as a percentage of the entire job. It should be fair and reasonable for both parties. Do not pay 100% up front. No one does business like that.
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