Iâ€™ve witnessed an interesting phenomenon as Iâ€™ve renovated dozens of houses over the years, getting many contractorsâ€™ estimates and seeing their workâ€“itâ€™s a process that Iâ€™ve named â€œThe Contractor Cycle.â€
The 4 Phases of the Contractor Cycle:
Phase 1: Getting Contractorsâ€™ Estimates
1) You must accurately communicate the work to be done.
I always do this in writing, unless I am working with someone who has a proven track record with me.
While it isnâ€™t a contract or true â€œspecificationâ€, I usually work up a word document that I later print out, or turn into a PDF if I am e-mailing it. I use a lot of pictures and text box call outs on these pictures to indicate what I want done.
For a major home improvement or renovation, a homeowner usually hires the services of a contractor to do the job efficiently and quickly. For a first-time homeowner, however, he would be surprised to know that there is a law that would attach his property to his contractor, a legal remedy known as mechanics liens. Although a mechanics lien is unavoidable, there are a few things a homeowner could do to protect his home.
The basics of mechanics liens