Hello all, first timer here. I’ve been reading for what seems like forever and have gathered a wealth of knowledge. Been doing mostly smaller jobs, no real contract involved (usually stipulated half up front, remainder on completion, pretty informal). I am about to go check out a larger basement remodel (3-3.5 weeks it sounds, will know more upon physically looking at it). Small amount of framing, drywall, 3 doors, small plumbing and plumb/elec trim, cabs and countertops, paint. Homeowner requested I furnish materials and will be reimbursed, etc.
How do I word everything to get a chunk up front (as i will be subbing drywall finishing and carpeting)? I may not be saying it right, and it could just be jitters from making another leap to bigger jobs than usual, but any insight will be appreciated. I checked out some premade “contract” forms at the office store, but they seemed a bit vague. I read in another thread of downloadable forms on another site, but came up dry. Again, thanks to all who reply and good to finally post instead of read.
Contract forms are being discussed in another thread here ("AIA" something) and have been discussed before. You either (1) get one from an office supply store, (2) get one out of a book, (3) get one from another contractor, (4) write one yourself, or (5) get one written for you by a lawyer. I did a combination of 2, 4, and 5, mostly 5. Writing a good contract and attaching a good scope of work are a major part of the business... it's an art of it's own. Anyway, I think it's good to have a lawyer involved.
A question, though: are you in fact a contractor? If not, you may be on shaky ground taking on the work. Depends on the state you live in, the size of the job, etc.
here is the link to the other discussion;
just put into words exactly what you are going to do ...
then put those words down on paper.
Now copy that paper ... and you both sign both copies ... U get one ... they get one.
Buck Construction, llc Pittsburgh,PA
Artistry in Carpentry
Put down what you Won't do also.
JeffBuck Construction, llc Pittsburgh,PA
Artistry in Carpentry
Aye, that's often times more important than what you Will do !