Most contractors are honest people that follow the letter of the law when it comes to the work performed, but the risk always exists, especially when informal agreement guides a project. In addition to checking out the professional references that should vouch for the quality of work, you should also consider legal steps that will ensure you get the full scope you paid for. Depending on the project, you may want to hire an architect. Detailed contract is a must for bigger projects, and it should create an escrow account for payments.
- There is no replacement for consistent on-site inspection by experts who know what to look for.
- Ensure you have a detailed contractual agreement which covers all the specifics of the work to be done.
- Ensure that you get a lien waver from both the contractor and every other sub-contractors.
“Although most building contractors are honest business people, there is always a risk when you contract”