What to Include in Your Home Improvement Contract in Massachusetts
The Contract Should Include the FollowingThe identification of the contractor, including the contractor's registration number, total price of the work, the payment schedule (any cancellation penalties), a provision for changes or "extras", a detailed list of specifications/materials (sizes, colors, models, brand names, product names), start and completion dates, a copy of the contractor's insurance, a permit notice warning you that if you secure your own building permit or deal with unregistered contractors, you will not be eligible for the Guaranty Fund, a 3-day cancellation notice, informing you of your right to cancel your contract if you signed the agreement in your home, or at a place other than at the contractor's office or business and other details particular to your job.
The Contract May Include the FollowingA mediation clause: This allows both parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. All required plans: Study them carefully for accuracy. A clause to bind any potential subcontractors. A warranty clause: Covering the materials and workmanship for a minimum of one year, with the name and address of the party who will honor it.