A window replacement estimate typically becomes a contract when you, the homeowner, sign it. Therefore, reading through all the terms and conditions, and making changes and corrections as needed are very important before you apply ink to the dotted line. Here’s a handy checklist of the elements of a proper window replacement contract.
Contractor’s Contact Information
In addition to the contact number on the website, the contract should provide a valid email address, an alternative mobile phone number and the correct physical address.
Sometimes referred to as the scope of the project, this section describes the window replacement work, including which windows will be replaced, whether it will be a full-frame or insert, and how the old windows will be disposed. A description of the project timeline and work hours may also be included here.
Bill of Materials
This part describes the materials that will be used, including the color of the window frames, glass packages and window styles. Make sure the windows described in this section match what you have discussed with your contractor.
Contractor License and Insurance
The contractor should provide a copy of a valid contractor’s license, which is different from a business license. The company should likewise include a copy of the insurance certificate. Make sure it clearly states coverage for both accidental property damage (general liability insurance) and injuries (workers’ compensation). The contract should likewise indicate who will secure the installation permits.
Payment Terms and Schedule
A typical payment schedule begins with a down payment upon signing. It should be followed by a few more payments when the contractor meets milestones, such as material delivery, with a final one once the windows are successfully and satisfactorily installed.
Sometimes, changes happen while the project is ongoing. For example, there may be unforeseen structural issues with the wall opening that need to be repaired before the new windows can be installed. In such cases, there should be a procedure that includes who will sign off on these changes.
Think of this section as a safety hatch in case the contractor does not – or cannot – complete the window replacement project as agreed. Typical reasons include missed deadlines, late payments and unsafe working environments.
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