Protect Yourself When Hiring a Contractor

Yes, hiring a contractor for your home renovation projects can be super overwhelming. How do you ensure you are protected during the process? Our top tip is to ensure you have a clear contract in writing before any work begins. Ensure the contract is initialed on each page by all parties, signed on the last page by all parties, and is dated.

Here is everything else your contract should include:

  1. Everything that is expected to be completed as part of the job, including anything that was discussed in person, like timeline promises, and quality expectations.
  2. The full scope of work including all costs. As long as this is all in writing, there should be no hidden fees that you have to legally pay unless they discuss it with you ahead of time.
  3. A detailed schedule of each stage of the project, including start and end dates.
  4. A detailed payment schedule, like whether a deposit is due before project commencement, and when they remainder of payment is expected.
  5. A full list of all people who will be working on the project so that you know who will be coming in and out of your home.
  6. Contact information and addresses for all people to be working on the project.
  7. Confirmation of professional licensing, building insurance, and all permits necessary to complete the job.
  8. Any consequences you wish to lay on workers for not completing the job to your specifications, for missing deadlines, or for going over budget without discussing and approving it with you ahead of time.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find the perfect contractor! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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