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It is exciting to think about improving your home and making it what you want. However,  be cautious when having work performed at your property.

1.     Hire a licensed contractor perform the work.

2.      The  Scope of the Work should be clear.

3.     Make Sure you understand the cost of the work and how the contractor charges.

4.    Get a Written Contract with the scope of work, costs and other details.

5.     Once the work begins, keep track of the expenses to stay within your budget.

6.     Request detailed invoices for all work performed and payment requests.

7.     Only pay for work that has been performed and properly invoiced.

8.     At the end of the project make a “Punch List” which is a list of unfinished matters that require attention. The work on this list should be completed by the contractor prior to final payment.

9.     Get a written warranty for the work from the contractor.

An Attorney can Help you Plan and Supervise your Project

A home improvement project can go more smoothly when the contractor and owner work together well. Getting professional help with the planning and supervision of your project can help to guide your project and minimize conflict. A lawyer can assist you with your contract and questions that arise which will help avoid expensive legal disputes later. Call us about your construction project at (925) 463-9000 or send an email.

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Lisa Wills of the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills is a skilled construction law attorney in Pleasanton, CA helping owners and contractors benefit from her experience. For questions concerning construction law, contact Lisa Wills at the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills or call (925) 463-9000.

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