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There is an old adage that says if it isn't in writing, it didn't happen. Well, this advice proves to be true in kitchen design projects and remodeling. When you hire a contractor to handle your kitchen remodeling project, you have the right to have a specific and binding contract. In this case, the longer and more detailed the better. You might be anxious to get started but passing over the details of a contract can put you in a nightmarish situation down the line. Additionally, you should get these details on each and every product and appliance involved.
Any warranties should be spelled out as full or limited, and limited warranties should be clearly described. Warranties regarding workmanship should also be covered in writing. The contract should include information about how the site will be handled such as clean up and security measures, especially during any demolition phases. You should get an approximate start and finish date in writing, and your signature should be required on all work before it begins. Ensure that all contractors have liability and worker's compensation insurance.
Also, check current licenses. Don't take for granted they are updated. The best rule of thumb when hammering out the details of a kitchen design project is: if it isn't written down, it didn't happen. Remember, items not in writing will not likely hold up in litigation.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|